Let’s get one thing straight right from the start. The act of “swatting” someone is not only disgusting and petty, but it is very dangerous as well. For those who don’t know, swatting is when someone calls the police and makes a false claim, for example telling them there’s a hostage situation at an address, with the victim being a streamer actually just playing games. In 2017, a 28-year-old man was fell victim, as he was shot and killed by the police in the US.
Fortnite World Champion, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, is the latest high-profile victim of swatting, but thankfully, he is unharmed. On Sunday evening, Kyle was streaming some Fortnite to his fans and you could hear him suddenly talking to someone else. Speaking to his dad, he asked “I got swatted?” then disappeared for a while.
Kyle returned unharmed and told the friends he was playing with on the stream that he got swatted, explaining that police came in with guns ready, but thankfully, one of the officers recognized Kyle from his neighbourhood.
Honestly, the person who called the police and put someone’s life in danger should get some prison time and hopefully, this individual will be caught. Back in 2017 with the incident I mentioned at the start of this article, the perpetrator received 20 years in prison after a man was shot and killed thanks to swatting.
16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf recently became the Fortnite Solo’s world champion taking home $3 million in prize money. Sure, many players might be jealous of him, but swatting someone is just petty and extremely dangerous. A disgusting act that should be punished with jail time.
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