It certainly is a problem.
It doesn’t matter if you’re rival gamers or not, it absolutely not okay to call in a SWAT team for fun.
The SWAT was following an active shooter protocol. Had the Creatures have been doing a short with prop guns, they would have been shot. Jordan and Dan were absolutely lucky to be doing what they were doing at the time it happened.
I don’t watch livestreams, just let’s plays. But that is crazy, I can’t believe people would do that. There is nothing ‘prank’ worthy about it. And it seems (to me) like people make the calls specifically so that it gets captured on stream.
For anyone who may not know, idiotic people are finding the addresses of people who stream video games, and calling in anonymous, fake terrorist threats. This forces police to respond, often catching the video gamer mid-stream. This is known as ‘swatting’.
There is a two-fold problem with swatting. It embarrasses the streamer and shows them in an entirely helpless state, and it makes people view the SWAT and police as power-hungry, stupid, and wasting taxpayer money. The police are responding to a threat that they believe to be and must treat it as 100% true, so of course they are going to take precautions. In Kootra’s case, he realized what was going on and was very willing to do what was asked of him, but the police still had to treat him as a potential suspect until they got a grip on the situation, hence why if you see footage of the Kootra stream, one SWAT member is stepping on him, to ensure that he remains laying on the ground and unable to reach for a potential weapon (if he were a real threat, which he was not).
As such, swatting is not a prank, it is something far worse. And now a 15-year-old boy who called in a ‘swatting’ is being sent to a federal prison for 25 years under pretense of ‘national terrorism’. Although I personally think a 25 to life sentence is harsh, it does warrant some kind of serious penalty; it incites fear for the streamer and all of his/her family and neighbors, it abuses the power of our police force, and most importantly, it takes advantage of a nation on edge against outside military threats.
tl;dr Swatting is a serious problem, and now has a serious repercussion when caught.