This is what happens when a Twitch streamer gets "swatted"


I’d love to see stats. I think it’s pretty rare. We have celebs that live here. Everyone knows where they live, and no one bothers them. It’s not lack of information that’s rare so much as the rarity of a fan or predator crossing that line. Celebs are not exactly super rare citings or anything. They still have a higher chance of being hit by a car than being killed by a deranged fan.



Also, everyone knows exactly when you’re at home.


WingsOfDeath, a League of Legends streamer, was swatted yesterday.

Listening to him talk about it on stream a while ago, it sounds like the Cops had doubts about it being legit. They didn’t kick any doors in, they knocked and talked to him. They looked around the place (inside and out) but that was it. Nothing captured on stream.


We’ve been having Active Shooter training where I work at a university, and I very nearly asked the cop leading part of one session what he thought about swatting and if he felt it might creep into higher ed. I decided not to, figuring it’d just come off as a weird question. A few days later it (sort of) actually happened here (bomb threat in a webform communication), but fortunately it did not result in any actual violence. Someone, we don’t know who, used the webform to identify him or herself as some blameless student and the student was almost immediately contacted by the university authorities and the local police about it. That student is now off the hook and all the info (IP addresses, etc.) was handed over to our security team and the police for further investigation.

Unrelated, but there was also an annoying moment when a presenter talked about video games and their role in all this stuff, and I was not the only one in the room to be annoyed by how out-of-date and misinformed some of that was.


We just got the notification where I work that there is now mandatory training for this too. I look forward to the video. During on-boarding, they had a security officer come in and tell us what to do too, sort of.


Strangely, we’ve had this as well, and I work for a manufacturing company. We even have safe rooms that have been set up with locks, steel on the backside of the doors and a heavy duty peephole to validate who is on the other side.

It was a bit scary when they did all this, as apparently they chose our location as the first one to be done in the company.



So Sky news was able to talk to the criminal but the police haven’t caught up with him yet?


So this isn’t swatting, but this seemed an appropriate thread for this:

Someone shot at Twitch streamer DrDisrespect’s house. (video from stream at link)

I like DrDisrespect, he’s a really funny, entertaining streamer. He’s one of the few streamers who makes the effort to create a persona and never deviates from it… except in extreme circumstances.

He’s not perfect, he had some drama awhile back when he admitted, crying on stream, that he had cheated on his wife and wouldn’t be streaming for awhile. He took several months off to repair his marriage (He also has a young daughter) then returned to streaming.

I won’t make excuses for his infidelity, but that’s between him and his family, and they seem to have worked it out. Regardless, he doesn’t deserve to be shot at. And it was apparently the second day in a row this happened.


This is the second time?! Dear lord. That’s messed up.


who would do this… its so twisted! just a streamer and has a young daughter



My guess would be an asshole.



That’s actually a pretty good solution. It’s opt-in and presumably completely confidential, if it’s registered for use by law enforcement only.

It’s sad that something like this even has to exist though.


But what are they doing with that information? So they know there is a swatting concern at an address that they just received a call about… now what? So they do what differently?


Uh… I have no idea? It’s not my policy, and they forgot to consult with me before moving ahead with implementation. ;)

But for real, I don’t really understand your concerns. It’s an optional opt-in list of people that are just saying “hey, I am worried about being swatted, bear that in mind before you send in a police response.” You can get more details from the link inside the article itself.

Here’s how. A 911 call taker receives a report of a critical incident. While ensuring first responders are dispatched to that call for service as quickly as possible, the call taker will simultaneously check for whether or not swatting concerns have been registered at that address. If swatting concerns have been registered, this information will be shared with responding officers, who will still proceed to the call. If no location profile exists, officers will still continue to the call. Nothing about this solution is designed to minimize or slow emergency services. At the same time, if information is available, it is more useful for responding officers to have it than to not.


I read it, and the links provided. They don’t really outline what they expect officers to do with this information. My concern is, I don’t have a lot of faith in the police at the moment, so I think they should indicate what kind of training the police officers are receiving when it comes to actually using this database when they respond. Heck, maybe indicate there is training at all and not just some sort of hey just so you know this thing is here, do with it as you will.


Sounds good to me.