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Teen gamer who won millions in Fortnite World Cup ‘swatted’: ‘They came in with guns’


Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf celebrates after winning the Fortnite World Cup solo final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on July 28, 2019 in Queens. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

It’s no longer fun and games.

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, a 16-year-old gamer from Pottsgrove, Pa., got an unpleasant surprise over the weekend.

On Saturday night, the teen — who won a record $3 million last month as the first Fortnite World Cup champion — was livestreaming on Twitch when he was heard saying, “I’ve been swatted,” and then vanished from the livestream for about 10 minutes, ESPN reports.

“Well, that’s a new one,” the gamer said upon returning. “They came in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up. … That’s scary. … The internet’s f----g crazy.”

“Swatting” is when an individual reports a false emergency so that law enforcement, generally a SWAT team, will ambush the target. The tactic is illegal.

The Upper Pottsgrove Township Police told ESPN they’d gotten a call from someone masquerading as Giersdorf. The individual told authorities he’d shot and killed his father. He also claimed to have his mother tied up in the garage.

Authorities surrounded Giersdorf’s home, and per protocol, they called before entering. His father, alive and well, answered and exited the home.

Police now think the call was made from Europe and noted on Facebook Tuesday that they left the home “after determining that all residents were not harmed and there was no threat to anyone in the area.”

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After Giersdorf won the Fortnite match in July at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, he told interviewers, “Everything I’ve done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane."