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Swatting isn’t just for COD players

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I don’t like to write about swatting. I think it gives the idiots who think it is entertaining far too much attention. However, this latest case is worth noting, not because of the swatting itself, but because of the game in question.

A 13-year-old boy from California was arrested this month on suspicion of three cases of swatting. He was originally thought to be involved in one case, later determining that he actually did it three times: once against a teacher, once against a female classmate and once against someone he met online. It’s the online one that I find particularly intriguing – according to Ars Technica, that incident was against “a rival Minecraft gamer”.

That right. For those who thought Minecraft was all about being creative, building things and taking on the creatures of the night, there are actually rivalries in the online community that lead to young teenagers thinking that swatting is the answer. In fact, apparently the kid admitted to doing it because “he felt he was wronged”.

It’s bad enough when people behave like idiots, but this just takes the cake. Police are increasingly arresting swatters in the hopes of curbing the trend. However, it just keeps happening and there’s little that victims can do – police have to respond to threats, making gamers easy real life targets. Of course, the best way to prevent this is to never give your real life details to people you meet online, but in the instance of his teacher or classmate, there’s little that could have been done.

Here I thought that swatting was only for the cliched raging gamers – COD players or maybe even the Dota ilk. Instead, it’s the Minecraft community that needs to be on the lookout for these pranks. Creepers aren’t the worst thing in Minecraft anymore. Not by a long shot.

Last Updated: January 4, 2017


  1. Mistake Not...

    March 30, 2015 at 17:15

    Swatting is wrong, swatting is dangerous and I feel sorry for those affected, but at least all those idiots can end up jail where they belong. But if it’s 13 year olds, where are the f-ing parents?


    • Greylingad

      March 30, 2015 at 17:55

      Most likely not paying attention to the child… Which is worse than the actual swatting…


  2. Darren Peach

    March 30, 2015 at 19:35

    First World problem………


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  4. Hammersteyn

    March 31, 2015 at 07:30

    That kid is going places, not college, but places


    • Capt. Bob of the Blood Ravens

      March 31, 2015 at 08:18

      Yeah, maybe he should do less swatting and more swotting.


      • Hammersteyn

        March 31, 2015 at 08:30



  5. HairyEwok

    March 31, 2015 at 08:54

    Heard this kid went on saying hes going to blow the house up with everybody in it….. Little did swat know he was talking about the minecraft house and the characters in it.


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