Overwatch streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel found himself faced with police again during a recent stream.
The appearance of armed police on xQc’s stream might have appeared to be a “swatting” incident, but was in fact just the result of a noise complaint from his neighbours.
“Swatting” is the act of calling the police and claiming that a highly dangerous situation is unfolding at a particular location. This results in a SWAT team responding accordingly, arriving at the location in question armed and expecting to deal with such a scenario.
While the supposed danger might originally be invented, swatting itself can create highly dangerous scenarios – once armed police are in the mindset of potentially having to use extreme force to handle the situation, it only takes a small misunderstanding for things to turn deadly.
In this case, however, it appears the appearance of the police was instead due to a noise complaint. A couple of the officers were caught on xQc’s stream, which was still live.
This isn’t the first time police have showed up during xQc’s stream, with a similar incident occurring on May 16th. Fortunately for xQc, the two incidents of police arriving at his apartment both resulted from noise complaints, rather than something more sinister.