A Runescape player was swatted in front of 60,000 viewers on Twitch.

On Thursday armed SWAT team members turned up at the home of 27-year-old Joshua Peters, from Minnesota in the US, following a prank call. The door was answered by Peters' 10-year-old brother.

Peters left the room to address the commotion, before returning to the stream around 15 minutes later in some distress.

In the video, below, Peters responds to those responsible in an emotional plea.

"I see you posting my address. I had police point a gun at my little brothers because of you," he says.

"They could have been shot, they could have died because you chose to SWAT my stream.

"I don't give a s*** about what you have against me, or what I did to you. For that, I am at a loss for words. Your gripe is with me so let it be with me and do not involve my family in any way, shape or form with this. They don't deserve that."

Peters later told ABC News he wasn't sure who targeted him, or why. He's now working with the authorities to track down the culprit.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Las Vegas man Brandon Willson, aka "FamedGod", was arrested on Thursday in connection with swatting a Chicago resident last year.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that authorities claim Willson hacked into consoles to obtain information on two people and threatened to access a bank account.

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