'Fortnite' player, 45, threatened to shoot boy who beat him: Cops

Via Miami HeraldReport Man Arrested After Threatening to Shoot 11-Year-Old After Losing a Fortnite Match By Dan Goldstein

A NY man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to shoot an 11-year-old boy who beat him in the video game "Fortnite".

Suffolk County Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said Michael Aliperti, 45, of Long Island, sent the threats after playing the child on the popular third-person shooter game.

In the messages, which were allegedly sent via Xbox Monday night, police say Aliperti threatened to shoot the child, possibly at his school in Kings Park.

I am going to find you with a gun.

After being eliminated by the 11-year-old, Michael Aliperti, 45, allegedly threatened the boy verbally through the XBox system, through the system's messaging service and via text. Upon his arrest, Aliperti was charged with two misdemeanor crimes: aggravated harassment and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

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A representative for Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Despite Aliperti's arrest, police increased their presence at the boy's school on Tuesday and school officials cautioned parents about speaking to their children about the potential dangers online.

"We took this as a school threat".

A man from NY has been arrested after taking a loss in a match of Fortnite Battle Royale a little too seriously.

Moving forward, Fortnite's popularity will ensure that it stays in the headlines for both positive and negative reasons for the foreseeable future.

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