$3 million Fortnite winner-and his parents-become latest swatting targets

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2019

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, 16, was nearing the end of a match Sunday in Fortnite Arena Trios, when he suddenly abandoned his keyboard.

Last month, 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million when he was crowned champion of the Fortnite World Cup in NY.

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.

A clip of the stream shows Giersdorf abruptly exit the camera's view, indicating the moment his father alerted him to the armed police at the door. "Dude, they come in with guns, bro". He is also all of 16 years old, and so a threat against him also involved his parents, whose personal information may have been easy to find. They literally pulled up.

"To the individual who attempted to have our home swatted and could have possibly gotten someone injured in the process, I don't hate you", he said. "That's scary. The internet's f-- insane".

During a livestream on Saturday night, "Bugha" disappeared for 10 minutes after being heard having a conversation with his father, saying "I've been swatted". He said that luckily one of the responding officers lived in his neighborhood and knew the family. "Giersdorf, of Pottsgrove, Pa. who goes by the name "Bugha" when competing, racked up the most points and won $3 million as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion. Tyler R. Barriss, a 26-year-old from Los Angeles, is serving a 20-year prison sentence after calling in a false report of a hostage situation that drew police to the Wichita, Kansas home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch.

The pro player was streaming Fortnite when the police arrived in the middle of a game. According to a Washington Post database, at least 544 people nationwide have been shot and killed by police in 2019 to date.

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