Gamers can be pretty hardcore, and some people don't cope with losing very well. But one 45-year-old man from Long Island took "rage quit" to a new extreme after an 11-year-old boy beat him at a game of Fortnite.
Michael Aliperti of Huntington, Long Island was arrested early Tuesday morning for aggravated harassment and acting in a manner to injure a child.
The child in question is an 11-year-old boy who recently beat Aliperti while playing the popular online game, Fortnite.
Fortnite is a multiplayer game by Epic Games that debuted at the end of last year.
As of January this year, the game had around 45 million players. There are also many people who don't participate in actually playing the game, but they watch others play via platforms like Twitch and YouTube.
The game can be purchased for $59.99, but Epic Games also launched a free version called Fortnite Battle Royale. The game makes most of its money from in-game purchases, and as of January it was making upwards of $300 million a month.
In the Battle Royale version of a game, players are amongst a maximum of 100 players on one map vying to be the last person standing. It is also is played entirely by real people, no bots, and players can communicate with each other through written and voice messages.
It was through these messages that Michael Aliperti got himself into trouble.
When the juvenile beat Aliperti at the game, Aliperti allegedly sent the boy threatening text and voice messages through the XBOX.
Suffolk County Police Chief, Stuart Cameron spoke about the incident.
"I find this to be a very disturbing thing for an adult to do; to threaten an 11-year old."He went on to explain further what happened between Aliperti and the boy.
"During the course of the gaming on Monday evening, apparently the 11-year-old bested Mr. Aliperti in a Fortnite game and was able to win away virtual guns from Mr. Aliperti, which made him very upset and he started threatening the 11-year-old juvenile, saying he would cause him pain, that he would find him with a gun."
He also allegedly threatened to come to the child's school, causing the school to increase security.
Watch ABC7NY's report here.
Aliperti has since pleaded "not guilty" and was released on a $10,000 bond. He has been ordered to stay away from the boy and the boy's friends when playing the game.
Some people think the harsh words are simply part of gaming.
@NBCNewYork wow welcome to the internet— Herbert West PhD (@Herbert West PhD)1537289909.0
@NBCNewYork That's just Felix being Felix.— No Pods, No Casters (@No Pods, No Casters)1537289121.0
@abc13houston Lol this type of threat is so common over internet games. can’t believe someone really snitched 😂😂😂😂— Chaaarrkkkkiiiiii (@Chaaarrkkkkiiiiii)1537353642.0
@TheSpeakman @NBCNewYork @Quinnae_Moon I like all the people making comments on this story that dont understand gam… https://t.co/KhTH4bUYrk— BrooklynJon (@BrooklynJon)1537379616.0
But mostly people are appalled by the adult's behavior toward the minor.
@ABC7Chicago And this would be just one reason this game should be banned. Too much rage over a game and it’s addicting as well.— Christina Wiseman (@Christina Wiseman)1537366569.0
@KristinThorne Sicko— Joy Borenstein (@Joy Borenstein)1537291750.0
I want off this planet. https://t.co/ohMKCupkXu— Joel (@Joel)1537381677.0
You know, I'm surprised this has taken so long to happen https://t.co/hDfwlzkxGi— Arya Tousi (@Arya Tousi)1537362468.0
@NYDailyNews Gun control soon please.🤷🏾♂️— Aaron Brown (@Aaron Brown)1537295754.0
Xbox and other gaming consoles are now linked to the internet and a world of stranger danger. Communicate with you… https://t.co/RhZ11G2Wa1— Goldstein & Bashner (@Goldstein & Bashner)1537378044.0
The superintendent of the boy's school district reminded parents that,
"We should all use this incident as an important reminder that children should not be gaming with individuals they do not know."