The Fortnite World Cup has now wrapped up, and US player Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf has walked away as the solo tournament champion, winning a whopping $3 million (£2.4 million) in prize money. However, it seems as though just after securing his victory, Bugha was targeted by hackers. Two of his social media accounts – Twitch and Twitter – were affected.
As reported by Dexerto, Bugha – winner of the inaugural Fortnite World Cup solo event – got locked out of his Twitter account shortly after the event, and messages telling his followers to follow two other seemingly unrelated users started appearing. On Twitter, Bugha’s account was also used to retweet a post from July 9.
Following his Twitter profile being compromised, the champion’s Twitch was also soon affected. A stream went live simply showing a static image and a message telling viewers to follow two Twitter accounts – one of which had the same title as one of those ‘promoted’ in the messages Twitter itself – in exchange for a follow from the Fortnite champion.
Nate Hill, a professional Fortnite player with esports team Faze Clan said on Twitter that he thought Bugha’s account had been hacked following a gift of 100 subs from the Twitch account.
Bugha's phone and social media accounts have been compromised. We are aware of the situation and are working to regain control.
– Sentinels Management
— SEN Bugha ✈️ NY (@bugha) July 29, 2019
Bugha himself responded to the issue using Instagram (captured by Dexerto) saying “My Twitter has been hacked. Those tweets are not mine.” There’s also now a post on his Twitter channel, saying “Bugha’s phone and social media accounts have been compromised. We are aware of the situation and are working to regain control”, signed off by “Sentinels Management”, Sentinels being Bugha’s esports team.
However, it looks like the problem’s being resolved. The Sentinels’ social media and community manager, Analynn Dang, has posted that, while they can’t remove the tweets yet, they’re “working to ensure all his socials are safe and running soon!”, and that “we’ve secured his Twitch account today and he will be refunded for all the hacked subscriptions gifted.”