A game of Counter-Strike got a little too real for online gamer Jordan Mathewson, also known as ‘Kootra‘ on YouTube and Twitch, after an incredible video of him being “swatted” appeared online earlier today.
If you’re not familiar with the horrible practice (I certainly wouldn’t call it a prank), “swatting” is when you call in a false report to the police so that a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team responds to the call. It’s become commonplace in the gaming community where, if you do something another gamer doesn’t like, they may try to find your address and tell the police something serious is happening in an attempt to “swat” you.
The danger to the person being “swatted” is very real – Most SWAT teams are trained to shoot to kill, and all it takes is one wrong move…
Mathewson was in his Littleton, CO office live-streaming while he was playing the game when police burst into the room and violently threw him to the ground. He was then handcuffed, searched, and questioned about the false report while they were investigating the issue.
There’s something really surreal about the game saying “Terrorists Win” throughout the entire raid – It kind of adds insult to injury.
The massive police presence for the raid included officers from neighboring departments while they evacuated the rest of Mathewson’s building. Local media also reports that all nearby schools were placed under lockdown as a result of the threat.
No one was hurt during the raid, but around 500 people watched it happen live, as the stream continued for around five minutes before a police officer noticed the camera and shut down the stream.
A video of the entire SWAT raid that was uploaded to YouTube has already been watched more than 100,000 times:
Kootra, who has more than 200,000 twitter followers and 700,000 subscribers on YouTube, was live-streaming on Twitch.tv when the raid happened. Twitch was recently sold to Amazon for almost $1bn.