Professional Fortnite player Kyle Giersdorf, also known as "Bugha," won the Fortnite World Cup just last month, earning $3 million in the process. Unfortunately, Bugha's fame has seen him become a target, as he was the victim of swatting in a recent stream.
For the uninitiated, "swatting" is when someone calls the police and gives them fake information to try to trick them into sending a swat team to someone's house. The practice is incredibly dangerous and illegal, having resulted in serious injuries and deaths. Luckily, no one was hurt during the Bugha swatting incident.
When he was swatted, Bugha was playing Fortnite and streaming the game on Twitch. The swatting occurred towards the end of the match, with Bugha leaving his computer to deal with the situation. Bugha eventually returns, with his team having won the match, and he explains that he was lucky because one of the police officers that showed up lived in his neighborhood and knew who he was.
kinda wild— SEN Bugha (@bugha) August 11, 2019
Bugha got lucky with his swatting incident, but other people haven't been so fortunate. One of the most infamous swatting incidents came in 2017, when 28 year old father of two Andrew Finch was shot and killed by police after Tyler Barriss attempted to swat someone he was playing Call of Duty with. Barriss supplied police with an incorrect address, meaning Finch was killed despite having literally nothing to do with the situation at all.
In the wake of tragic swatting incidents like the one that took Andrew Finch's life, legislation has been passed in an attempt to stop people from swatting. Meanwhile, Barriss has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of 51 federal charges stemming from the swatting incident. The hope is that between the stiff sentence handed down to Barriss and new legislation being written that people will be deterred from swatting in the future.
Unfortunately, swatting remains a very real threat to people, especially famous video game streamers. Hopefully this is the one and only time Fortnite World Cup winner Bugha is swatted, and the person who called the police is apprehended.