16-year-old Fortnite world champ 'swatted' during Twitch stream

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The teen who took home $3 million after winning the Fortnite World Cup last month was swatted while streaming the video game from his home. Albert Werner told USA Today a caller told police "he was Kyle and said he had shot his father multiple times".

Authorities say an OH gamer recruited Barriss to "swat" a Wichita gamer, but that the address they used was old, leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the video game or the dispute.

If you're not aware of the term, "swatting" is the term for the rather vicious and risky act of actually calling the police on a streamer while they're playing a game live - usually with some terrifying made-up accusation that causes the cops to turn up in force and highly armed.

Once he returns, Kyle said: "They come in with guns, bro". Giersdorf said he was a victim of "swatting" over the weekend. "They literally pulled up", he said. "That's scary. The internet's f--ing insane".

Fortunately, the 16-year-old World Cup Winner avoided anything serious, thanks in some part to one of the attending officers recognising Bugha due to living in the same neighbourhood. Giersdorf told the other players he got lucky.

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The incident - while "scary" - hasn't deterred Giersdorf from doing his thing. The entire incident lasted about 30 minutes, Cpl.

After a row over Call of Duty in December 2017, Tyler Barriss told the police that he was holding his family hostage, and gave them an address in Kansas.

The Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

Swatting is a form of criminal harassment where someone makes a false report about a unsafe situation in the hopes of dispatching police or emergency services to another person's address. In March, an American man was sentenced to twenty years in prison for a similar incident that resulted in a shooting.

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