Last Thursday, US Air Force veteran Joshua Peters, an avid Twitch user, was playing fantasy MMO game “Runescape” via the online platform when his home was stormed by armed law enforcement -- in front of an online audience of 60,000.
Peters quickly understood what was happening -- he had become the latest victim of swatting -- an incident where authorities are tricked into dispatching a SWAT team based on a false report or phone call, often made by rival online players.
Peters, or online alias Koopatroopa787, responded to the prank after the incident on his stream, which he then uploaded to his YouTube channel on Thursday. The video has been viewed more than 100,000 times.
"I see you posting my address," Peters said on his stream after the interruption. "I had police point a gun at my little brothers because of you. They could have been shot, they could have died because you chose to SWAT my stream. I don't give a s--- about what you have against me, or what I did to you. For that, I am at a loss for words. Your gripe is with me so let it be with me and do not involve my family in any way, shape or form with this. They don't deserve that."
Peters tearfully recounted the incident -- more than 10 policemen pointed guns at his younger bother, who is 10 years old.
The online gamer still isn’t sure who swatted him, or if any other player has anything against him.
"It was more or less a wake-up call that I have to be careful. It can happen to anybody," he told ABC News Friday. "I came back on after and told everyone what was going on. I knew the person who did it was watching and I wanted to let them know you can't do this."