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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.

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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.

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“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!”

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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. 

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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. 

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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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Future reveals insane custom Chevrolet truck

Published: 7/Oct/2020 16:00

by Kieran Bicknell

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Rapper Future has had an incredible career spanning over several decades. In that time, he’s risen through the ranks to become a household name in the rap/hip-hop genres. Now, he’s revealed the latest addition to his garage in the form of this crazy one-off Chevrolet Blazer.

Future – real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn – is an American rap artist from Atlanta, Georgia. In his time as a musician, he has amassed a number of awards and released several critically-acclaimed albums and tracks.

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With a car collection including Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, he has now revealed his latest addition.

Standing out from his collection of ‘typical’ exotic cars, Future has now taken delivery of his custom-commissioned Chevrolet K5 Blazer truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

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Future Custom K5 Blazer
Instagram: @hre_wheels
Future commissioned the custom truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

Future’s new Ringbrothers Chevy K5 Blazer

This fully-restored, one-off build looks absolutely incredible and will stand out among Future’s other ‘stock’ cars. Finished in British Racing Green, this is a color that was not available from factory, and was used only for his personal build.

The exterior has been left mostly stock other than the color change, but the front headlights have been upgraded to LED units. Not only have the headlights been changed, but also the wheels – the stock items being replaced by a set of 18″ gold HRE wheels.

Inside, the car has been completely re-trimmed in brown leather, with a number of embossed logos throughout. The factory analog dials have been refreshed, but a 10″ touchscreen has been fitted to the dash. This is coupled to an uprated JL audio system – a key upgrade for a musician such as Future.

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Future unveiled the truck on his Instagram:

Underneath the hood is the biggest upgrade to the car – a complete engine and transmission swap. The stock motor has been ditched for a 6.2l LS3 V8, coupled to an uprated GM automatic transmission. With 430hp on tap, Future will have plenty of fun driving this custom truck around.

RingBrothers co-owner Mike Ring is justifiably proud of the result: “We’re humbled that people continue to come to us for special projects like this.”

“We realize that our customers could get a new Ferrari or Lamborghini but choose us instead. It’s an honor we don’t take lightly, so we put our heart into each project. We’re glad Future appreciates that.”

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