Think It's Funny 'Swatting' Your Gaming Buds? Twitch Live Stream Shows Police Are Not Amused - HotHardware
Think It's Funny 'Swatting' Your Gaming Buds? Twitch Live Stream Shows Police Are Not Amused

Think It's Funny 'Swatting' Your Gaming Buds? Twitch Live Stream Shows Police Are Not Amused

Twitch streamer and YouTuber Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson is the latest victim in a trend called “Swatting.” People who tuned into The Creatures’ Twitch channel this past Wednesday to watch Mathewson play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive witnessed SWAT officers enter the room and arrest Mathewson in response to a false report of an active shooter.

Mathewson was live-streaming on The Creatures, a group of gamers who create content for YouTube, Twitch channel at the group’s office building when SWAT busted in. Police had received an anonymous call, via landline, that claimed there was an active shooter. Streamers watched for about six minutes as the police officers arrested Mathewson, searched him, and briefly questioned him before the stream was turned off.

Mathewson was live-streaming on The Creatures, a group of gamers who create content for YouTube, Twitch channel at the group’s office building when SWAT busted in. Police had received an anonymous call, via landline, that claimed there was an active shooter who had killed several co-workers and that bombs had been planted inside the building where he was working. Streamers watched for about six minutes as the police officers arrested Mathewson, searched him, and briefly questioned him before the stream was turned off.

Not only was Mathewson arrested, but nearby schools in the area were put on full lock down and people evacuated as police searched for bombs and the non-existent killer.

Swatting, a practice where someone tricks any emergency service into responding to a false claim of a critical incident, is a trend that seems to be growing within the gaming community and a growing concern. A number of YouTubers and Twitch streamers have fallen victim to this so-called prank. Nine days ago, another Twitch streamer, who goes by the name Whiteboy7thst, was arrested when police received a false report of a bomb threat (while the report was false, he was arrested when police discovered marijuana while looking for the bomb). 

Police are still investigating the call that was made, which led to Mathewson’s arrest, and are looking for the party responsible. In the meantime, a person that goes by @ScrewPain on Twitter has claimed responsibility on his account for the swatting prank. Whether his claims are true or not remains to be seen.

But what do you think of Swatting? Is it only a matter of time before someone is accidentally hurt (or worse) because of this?

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There is no way these guys are gaming "buds". This is dangerously malicious and I hope the powers that be come up with a quick way to respond to offenders.

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I just hope they can find and prosecute these offenders. Problem is, though, that there are many people like those who do these swatting pranks.

Personal data is never safe. So anyone who decides to create YouTube content or stream on Twitch is now becoming the equivalent of Russian roulette.

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Thats some crazy ass shit.

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That isn't funny at all! It is a waste of police time, tax payer money, and what if another real crime is bypassed because of a prank like this? What if the victim isn't treated as nicely as he was in this case. I would be suing everyone I could.

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Agreed, so stupid it defies logic. Whoever thought this was funny or some sort of wild, cool idea, is just plain dumb. That's how you get your a$$ kicked by police who aren't messing around when there's a large public potential threat, or worse.

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I say that Swatting should be counted as a federal crime and terrorism. Swatting is a dangerous hoax that distracts the swat teams from responding to the real crimes. Say someone Swats someone and at the moment it happens, a real case happens like the fake one did and causes the killer to get away with such a crime.

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The deliberate false reporting of a crime should be punishable with a maximum penalty equal to that of the crime falsely reported. It's only a matter of time before a SWAT team shows up and seriously injures or kills someone.

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