The fun and games of Minecraft quickly met a scary dose of reality for one of the game’s most popular streamers on Tuesday night, as Turner “Tfue” Tenney appeared to get swatted while livestreaming on Twitch.
The incident went down while Tfue was playing for some of his 9.8 million Twitch followers. While the 22-year-old Florida native appeared to be typing on his phone, a voice suddenly could be heard yelling in the background.
Drama Unfolds Live In Front Of Audience
The voice was that of an unseen person yelling, “Come out with your hands up!”
Tfue yells back, “What? I’m here,” as he removes his headphones, gets out of his chair and disappears from camera. The first voice can be heard yelling more instructions before Tfue says, “I have my hands up, sir.”
Later, Tfue returns to the camera, sporting headphones and looking off-camera before taking a drink but not saying anything before resuming playing.
You can see the clips on Tfue’s Twitch page.
Swatting Far Too Common In Streaming World
According to multiple reports, shortly after Tfue resumed playing, one of his viewers threw him a donation and messaged, “got swatted.” Apparently not holding hard feelings, Tfue reportedly responded with, “nice man, you got me … got me real good.”
As of Thursday night, Tfue had yet to speak about the incident and no additional details about the episode been made public.
While Tfue seemed to take the incident in stride, swatting has been a problem in the gaming and streaming world for some time, sometimes resulting in tragic consequences.
Dangers In Swatting Streamers Include Death
Swatting is when someone calls in a hoax crime in an effort to have police respond to a particular address. It is actually a rather common practice in streaming, with some of the world’s most famous gamers falling victim to the practice.
Among them are Fortnite world champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, Joshua Peters, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo and Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert.
The most infamous came in 2017, when an argument over Call of Duty: WWII and a mistaken address led to police shooting and killing an innocent man in Wichita, Kan. The people involved in orchestrating the swatting were sentenced to prison.
Not Tfue’s First Rodeo With Controversy
This isn’t even the first time being swatted for Tfue, who also fell victim in 2018.
And he is no stranger to controversy beyond swatting. Also known for his exploits in Fortnite, Tfue has been twice banned by Twitch and suspended by Epic Games. One of the bans was over use of a racial slur and the Epic suspension was the result of Tfue selling Fortnite accounts with rare skins — a violation of the game’s end user license agreement.