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Fortnite World Cup Winner Bugha swatted live on Twitch

Published: 11/Aug/2019 12:58 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 15:07

by Joe Craven

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Fortnite World Cup winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf was swatted on August 10, while playing Epic Games’ battle royale live on Twitch

‘Swatting’ is a sad but common occurrence in the gaming community. It is the act of pretending there is a police emergency at the home of a live streamer, so their house is raided by armed police, all in front of a watching audience.

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Many streamers contact local police departments and inform them of the possibility of such occurrences, but Bugha does not seemed to have done so – yet. One tragic swatting occurrence took place in 2017, in which an innocent man was killed by police due to the wrong address being given.

Tyler Barriss was jailed for 20 years, for his role in the death of Andrew Finch.

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Bugha was streaming Fortnite on August 10, alongside pro players Ghost Bizzle and FaZe Dubs, when his dad entered the room and began trying to speak to the World Cup winner. Bugha can be heard saying “Dad, I actually can’t”, as he tries to clutch out the game.

The 16 year old continues playing for a few moments, before asking “I got swatted?” The disbelief is clear in the youngster’s voice, before he exits his setup to deal with the situation.

His teammates can be heard asking “who the fuck are you talking to?”, before laughing about the fact that Bugha abandoned them at such a crucial point of their game.

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Bugha returns roughly ten minutes later, joking that being swatted “was a new one”.

He explains to a shocked Bizzle and Dubs that he was swatted, but was able to resolve the situation so quickly because one of the police officers present knew of Bugha and his online profile.

While swatting is often done for mindless entertainment, it can have potentially fatal consequences given the urgent, armed response it necessitates.

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Bugha was quick to return to gaming, describing his experience with swatting as “lucky”. He then addressed the situation in a later tweet, describing it as “kinda wild”.

Bugha has likely liaised with police and given them his contact information, to avoid a repeat scenario.

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‘Swatting’ is a dangerous occurrence; putting lives at risk and wasting valuable police time and money. However, it seems to be as common as ever, with the most high profile stars – like Bugha – being targeted.

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Pokemon gets TikTok challenge for Sword & Shield’s Crown Tundra in Japan

Published: 17/Oct/2020 1:03

by Brent Koepp

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The Pokemon Company is launching a TikTok challenge in Japan to celebrate Sword & Shield’s DLC, The Crown Tundra. The contest has monsters such as Pikachu dancing next to Trainers in an adorable fashion.

Sword & Shield has been a massive hit on the Nintendo Switch, as the RPG is already the third highest-selling release in the Pokemon franchise. The RPG is set to get its second DLC, The Crown Tundra, on October 22.

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To celebrate the launch of the add-on, The Pokemon Company has launched a TikTok challenge contest in Japan. The adorable Poke-themed dances will be sure to warm the hearts of Trainers about to explore the icy region.

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Pokemon get its own TikTok challenge contest in Japan.

Sword & Shield Pokemon TikTok challenge

On October 15, The Pokemon Company International revealed the Japanese TikTok challenge. Trainers who download the app can record themselves dancing with four ‘mons using a special filter.

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Participating monsters include Gen 8 characters Alcremie, Wooloo, Morpeko, and Isle of Armor Legendary, Kubfu. And of course, the series’ beloved mascot, Pikachu, also makes an appearance.

As an example of the kind of dances you can do to match the Pokemon’s style, a video was released on the official International YouTube channel. The clip adorably shows Pikachu mirroring the fans’ moves.

Participants that get the most likes can win a plushy of one of the five Pokemon that are a part of the TikTok challenge. Unfortunately at the time of writing, the contest is in Japan only.

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The TikTok challenge isn’t the only time a Pokemon has moved to a beat. In August, Pikachu teamed up with the viral Pineapple Pen guy to make a music video based on the Electric-type’s voice lines.

It will be interesting to see the creative ways Trainers come up with dances to match the ‘mon of their choice. The adorable challenge celebrates the Sword & Shield DLC, The Crown Tundra, which hits stores on October 22.