Heroes of the Storm Player Facing Terrorism Charge

Nicholas Barth,

April 19, 2019 11:21 PM

One player is currently facing a terrorism charge after being arrested by authorities for alledgely sending in-game chat messages that consisted of threats to commit a mass shooting at an elementary school.

26-year-old Heroes of the Storm player Michael Mickowski was arrested by Las Vegas Police Officers on April 8th following authorities being alerted of threating messages that Mickowski had allegedly sent using the in-game message system of Blizzard Entertainment's Massive Online Battle Arena (MOBA) title of Heroes of the Storm. 

According to a report by KTNV, Blizzard had alerted authorities of the threatening messages Mickowski had sent while playing Heroes of the Storm where he described how he would commit a mass shooting at an elementary school in the future once he had saved up enough money to purchase a firearm and ammunition. He also stated that he would stream the horrific crime taking place on the popular streaming platform of Twitch.

“Someday, when I have enough money to buy a gun and some ammunition I will shoot up a school where I live,” said Mickowski. “Imagine if I decided to go to an elementary school too. Instead of a high school or middle school imagine. I’ll buy a gun and shoot everyone I can. I’ll stream it on twitch.”

Heroes of the Storm Michael Mickowski Terrorism Charges
(Source: Blizzard Entertainment)

According to Las Vegas authorities, there are 18 elementary schools that are located within a 2-mile radius of where Mickowski lived. The police report of the arrest stated that it was "only due to a lack of money that a mass casualty, active shooter event has not occurred at the hands of Mickowski.”

Utilizing the IP address that Mickowski had used when he sent the disturbing messages through the in-game chat system of Heroes of the Storm, authorities were able to locate and question him. During this line of questioning, Mickowski had told the detectives that he has made "bombastic statements" and was also reported to be evasive when questioned if anything he had said while playing Heroes of the Storm would cause Police to come to his residence.

Mickowski has since been taken into custody with his bail set at $150,000 and is currently waiting for his preliminary hearing scheduled for April 25th to take place where he faces a terrorism charge. 

H/T - Game Rant

(cover photo courtesy of KTNV)



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