E-sports: Police visit home of teenage Fortnite champion Kyle Giersdorf after hoax call

Giersdorf celebrates after winning the Fortnite World Cup solo final.
Giersdorf celebrates after winning the Fortnite World Cup solo final.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The 16-year-old American video gamer who won the Fortnite world championship was a victim over the weekend of "swatting", when police are dispatched to a home by a hoax call, ESPN reported.

Police turned up unexpectedly at Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf's home in Pennsylvania while he was livestreaming a game with friends on Saturday (Aug 10), the sports TV network said.

ESPN said Giersdorf was heard saying "I've been swatted," before leaving the game to speak to his father, who answered the door to police.

"Well that's a new one," it quoted Giersdorf as saying when he returned to the game about 10 minutes later. "They came in with guns, bro... That's scary."

A local police spokesman told ESPN the authorities had received an emergency call from someone claiming that Giersdorf had shot his father and tied his mother up in the garage.

Giersdorf earned the US$3 million (S$4.15 million) top prize last month in the first Fortnite World Cup.

A man in Wichita, Kansas was shot dead in December 2017 by police who responded to a "swatting" call.

A California man is serving 20 years in prison for making that call.