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Kansas will severely punish incidents of swatting

The authorities responded to the tragedy where Andrew Finch lost his life

Multiplayer experiences have been one of the pillars of the industry for many years and now the scene accounts for a countless number of sessions in which millions of players participate. Unfortunately, some experiences have been affected by a phenomenon called swatting and last year the situation reached its limit by causing a person to lose his life. That is why the Senate of Kansas, a state where the tragedy occurred, hardened the punishment for this type of acts.

According to a report by PCGamesN, today the legislature of Kansas approved the proposal Andrew T. Finch (HB 2581) -remarked from the person who died at the hands of a SWAT command- which hardens penalties for jokes that mobilize the security forces and have consequences such as physical harm or death. The proposal had the unanimous approval of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the state of Kansas and opens the possibility that those involved in all kinds of jokes of that type, including swatting, can spend up to 17 months in jail, in case that there are no consequences. However, in case the joke results in physical damage to some or some citizens, the penalty includes up to 32 months in prison and if the incident costs someone's life, the maximum penalty will be 20 years.

Last year, a dispute that originated in a Call of Duty game session, sanctioned by the UMG Gaming betting platform, ended in a swatting incident that cost the life of Andrew T. Finch. The resident of Wichita, Kansas, had nothing to do with the dispute and died at the hands of a SWAT team because one of the players gave a false address that, unfortunately, coincided with his. Tyler Barriss was identified as the author of the joke call that alerted the Wichita security forces and is currently facing a process that could result in 11 years in prison.

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