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Kansas ‘Call of Duty Swatter’ Tyler Barriss Reportedly Confessed After Arrest, Police Officer Testifies

Published: 23/May/2018 15:09 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 18:10

by Calum Patterson

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The tragic case of the fatal swatting which resulted from an argument over a $2 Call of Duty wager match took another unexpected turn yesterday, May 22nd.

The accused, infamous swatter Tyler Barriss, confessed to making the hoax phone call prompting the heavy police response, a police officer testified.

Appearing in court for a preliminary hearing, Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, was charged in December 2017 with giving false alarm, interference with law-enforcement officers and involuntary manslaughter.

The Wichita police say that Barriss phoned local police on December 28, claiming there was an ongoing murder and hostage situation at a Wichita address.

He was given a false address by an individual engaged in an argument over a Call of Duty wager match, and the address lead to the home of Andrew Finch, who police officer Justin Rapp fatally shot on the scene.

Los Angeles police detective Edward Dorroh testified that Barriss ‘confessed’ going to a local library, where he used WiFi to make the hoax call.

“To cut to the chase, he confessed. It was straightforward.”

As the first swatting incident believed to result in a death, there was also testimony of Barriss’ comments in a transcript of a police interview, where he explains he was aware of the dangers of these swatting attempts.

“I did know that, yeah. I’m not gonna deny that. I did know. It’s just the fact that the worst possible outcome happened is so unfortunate.”

Tyler Barriss in Court, as it was testified he had confessed to the swatting call. Image: KSN

The police officer who fired the fatal shot, Justin Rapp, also appeared to give testimony. It was announced last month that he would not face criminal charges.

“I believed that the male caller, had shot his father in the head, as he had reported, and that he had additional people inside the residence at gunpoint.”

He also explained how Finch apparently lowered his hands towards his waist band in a motion that looked like he was drawing a weapon on officers. He also claims that Finch was not obeying police instructions.

“My fear is that he is going to open fire on the officers. […] I fired one shot, and struck that individual.”

Police officer Justin Rapp, who took the fatal shot, testifies in court. Image: KSN

The hearing resulted in the court ruling that there was sufficient evidence to take the case to trial.

Barriss is also facing charges on another, unrelated swatting incident in Calgary, which took place six days before the Kansas swatting.

A woman was reportedly targeted by a swatting due to her online persona, and similarly, police responded to what they were told was a man having shot his father in the head and holding his mother and younger brother hostage.

A female exited the premises and calmed the situation explaining the reports were false, and no one was hurt in the Calgary incident.

H/T: Variety / KSN
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StreamElements supports underrepresented streamers with Creator Diversity Fund

Published: 2/Sep/2020 17:38 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 9:32

by Calum Patterson

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StreamElements has announced the 20 recipients of its $100,000 Creator Diversity fund, providing creators of underrepresented groups on Twitch with professional livestreaming services.

These streamers are up-and-coming broadcasters who are fighting for their place in the uber-competitive landscape of livestreaming, and who face even harsher competition because of their protected characteristics.

The Creator Diversity Fund will provide them “a wide range of support from StreamElements which includes graphics, production, and mentorship.”

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StreamElements provides tools and services to livestreamers.

Additionally, SteelSeries is onboard to provide all recipients with Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headsets.

StreamElements said they were inspired to start the fund, due to an acknowledgment that these creators, in underrepresented groups, face extra challenges in the livestreaming space.

StreamElements Creator Diversity Fund Recipients

The creators were selected due to the type of content they were producing, their dedication to livestreaming, and their own insights provided when they applied.

The fund hopes to be “a way to help elevate their presence and voice in an ecosystem where discovery and access to information is an issue.”

Marc, who goes by Teknikalx on Twitch, told us “I applied for the fund because I thought it would be beneficial for my channel to receive additional support to give the channel a more professional look vs what I have now. Also to bring to light that programs like this exist and if a channel such as mine can receive support in this manner, other channels can too.”

Teknikalx boasts over 5,000 followers on Twitch, but says that having the support of StreamElements ‘Dream Team’ will “give a boost to my channel in the extra visibility to my content. I truly believe that the access to doors that would otherwise be closed will open, with their support to show that my content is worth not only checking out but supporting.”

Fellow streamer StreetGrind, who streams everything from Fall Guys to Horizon Zero Dawn, said the support from the Creator Diversity fund will take his “content and brand to the next level in overall aesthetics as well as consistency.”

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StreetGrind, one of the recipients of the Creator Diversity Fund, aims to take his content and brand to the “next level.”

“I’m hoping to use this support to increase my discoverability on who I am and what my brand is about. Improving every day one step at a time and helping others along the way,” he explained. “We stand stronger together instead of individually.”

Another recipient, GoofyWise, similarly hopes the support will push his stream further and provide a better viewing experience. “Opportunities like these are rare especially those targeted to people who look like me.”

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“I plan to use this opportunity to take my channel to the next level by giving my stream an increased level of professionalism that will attract viewers from all around,” he told Dexerto. “Not to mention the added confidence boost from having a higher quality look and feel. Look good, feel good!”

The support will include guidance on growing their brand, securing sponsorships, merchandising, and all other facets of growing and maintaining an audience.

StreamElements is one of the leading third-party services used by countless streamers to manage their donations, overlays, alerts and more while they are broadcasting.

“Livestreaming is not an easy profession and it can be even more daunting for members of underrepresented groups,” said Doron Nir, CEO, StreamElements. “With the Creator Diversity Fund, our goal is to provide those invaluable industry insights on top of improving all aspects of their channels.”

Each of the 20 recipients will have an “account manager”, with 24/7 assistance, and provided a selection of “in-game overlays, alerts, emotes, transitions, sub badges, headers, tipping pages, info panels, and logos,” customized for their channel.