Fortnite world champ 'swatted' at Pennsylvania home
In this Sunday, July 28, 2019 photo, Kyle Giersdorf celebrates as he holds up the trophy after winning the Fortnite World Cup solo finals in New York. 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. (Epic Games via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:31AM EDT
POTTSGROVE, Pa. - The Pennsylvania teen who won $3 million as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion had armed police show up at his house.
Kyle Giersdorf was livestreaming on Saturday when he was "swatted," a prank that aims to prompt police and SWAT teams to respond to fake emergencies.
Upper Pottsgrove Police Cpl. Albert Werner told USA Today a caller told police "he was Kyle and said he had shot his father multiple times." Police called the home before entering and the teen's father said everything was fine.
Werner says the call came from outside the country.
The 16-year-old Giersdorf told his fellow gamers it was scary.
A phoney 911 call led to the death of a Kansas man two years ago. The caller was sentenced to 20 years in prison.