Fortnite world champion Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf claims to have been “swatted” while livestreaming the battle royale game over the weekend.
The teenage esports star was interrupted mid-stream when an armed officer came to his house following a hoax call.
After returning to the stream, Giersdorf told his Fortnite teammates he got “lucky” because the officer in question lived in his neighbourhood and recognised the 16-year-old.
The US teenager won the solo event at the inaugural Fortnite World Cup in July, earning $3 million for his efforts.
“That’s scary,” Giersdorf said of the swatting incident. “What if I just got offed? Jesus Christ, the internet’s fucking crazy.”
Swatting occurs when a hoax emergency call draws a law enforcement response, usually in the form of a SWAT team, and it can be fatal.
In December 2017, a Wichita police officer shot and killed Andrew Finch after a prank caller led authorities to what they thought was a hostage situation. The swatting call reportedly stemmed from a dispute over a game of Call of Duty.