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Pokimane reacts to being “swatted” during live Twitch broadcast

Published: 24/Sep/2019 0:02 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 3:53

by Brent Koepp

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Twitch star Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys got the shock of her life when she was “swatted” during a live broadcast – and her reaction was priceless.

Pokimane is one of the biggest female streamers on Twitch, boasting over 3.4 million followers as of the time of this article. Sadly, big internet personalities are often prime targets for swat attacks as people think it’s funny to call in a fake emergency.

The Moroccan-Canadian thought she had been swatted during her September 23 live broadcast of Portal 2, and looked genuinely terrified as ‘police’ entered her bedroom unexpectedly.

Pokimane was “swatted”

Swatting happens when a person makes a prank call to emergency services at an attempt to bring a large number of armed police to their victim’s house. Pokimane thought she’d been the target of such an attack when officers showed up in the background of her broadcast.

“Good afternoon, ma’am,” one of the men said. “Yes?” the streamer replied, obviously bewildered as to what they were doing in her bedroom.

“Uh, we have complaints about the noise level in this house,” he continued. Poki was automatically apologetic when she heard this, and exclaimed “Oh, I’m so sorry!”

“Yeah… So do you have a permit to be filming in this area?” the policeman finished, before the 23-year-old’s friend burst through the door with a megaphone, revealing the whole thing to be an elaborate prank. “CUT! Can we cut there?! Okay, thank you!”

Upon finding out she’d been tricked, Pokimane turned back around to face her streaming camera, eyes wide with shock. “I… OH MY GOD. WHAT THE?” she screamed as everyone in the room burst into hysterics at what had just happened.

“I was like PLEASE NOT A SWATTING! Either this is a prank or I’m actually in trouble,” the Twitch star laughed, before continuing. “But either way, JUST COMPLY, COMPLY. Oh my God!”

Swatting can be serious

Luckily for Poki, her ‘swatting’ was just a joke orchestrated by a friend, but other people haven’t been so fortunate. 

Fortnite World Cup winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf fell victim to an attack on August 10 while playing the battle royale title. Thankfully, one of the officers sent to the pro’s house actually knew of the gaming star, so the situation was cleared up swiftly.

Not everybody is so lucky though – on September 13, Call of Duty player Casey Viner was sentenced to 15 months in prison after a now-infamous swatting attack against teammate Shane Gaskill. 

The attack led to the death of Andrew Finch, who was fatally shot by police after they’d been given an incorrect home address for Gaskill, as reported by NBC.

KSNWViner was sentenced to 15 months in jail for the swatting.

US District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced Viner to 15 months in jail on September 13, and he was also restricted from all gaming activities for two years.

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KSI calls out Jake Paul after YouTuber KO’s Nate Robinson in boxing bout

Published: 29/Nov/2020 5:19

by Andrew Amos

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It’s been no time at all, but Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji has already called out Jake Paul ahead of their prospective bout at Madison Square Garden, saying that after his performance against Nate Robinson, Paul stands no chance.

It was the fight everyone had their eyes on November 28. On the undercard of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr, YouTuber Jake Paul was set to bout with NBA star Nate Robinson.

What we got instead was a bloodbath. Robinson was trounced by Paul, getting knocked down multiple times before Paul laid the final blow in the second round. Robinson barely laid a glove on Paul despite coming out all guns blazing.

While millions watched, there was one spectator on the sidelines with more on the line than most ⁠— Jake Paul’s next prospective opponent, KSI.

The YouTuber has already faced off against Paul’s older brother Logan, beating the American not once but twice. Jake fancies his chances a little bit better, but KSI wasn’t impressed by the younger brother’s skills against Robinson.

As soon as the fight ended, KSI already started the war back up with the Pauls. “I saw nothing special from Jake lol. Soon come,” he said on Twitter.

The thinly-veiled threat at Jake Paul is alluding to their prospective bout at Madison Square Garden, pending the current global situation.

Paul has been pretty vocal about making sure the fight goes ahead, saying he has a point to prove against the British YouTuber. “KSI vs Jake Paul is 100% gonna happen. If I die without that happening, I would be so upset. It has to happen, for the culture,” he said in September.

While Paul didn’t direct address KSI post-fight ⁠— instead calling out Conor McGregor for a bout ⁠— the rivalry between the two YouTubers is fierce.

One can only hope they do actually make good on their promise and get in the ring.