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Fortnite gamer accused of live streaming domestic violence assault granted bail

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The mother of the woman who was allegedly assaulted during a live-stream to an online gaming site has spoken out.

A 26-year-old man who allegedly assaulted the pregnant mother of his two children during a video game live stream has been released on bail.

The man was arrested at a home in Oran Park, in Sydney's West on Sunday night three hours after the alleged attack occurred as he streamed himself playing the popular game Fortnite.

The alleged attack on his 21-year-old partner was reported to police by fellow gamers.

The 21-year-old alleged victim wasn't seriously injured but was distressed and shaken, police said.

NSW Police Force detectives said two toddlers - girls aged three and 20 months - were in the home at the time.

The man was charged with common assault and granted bail to appear at Camden Local Court on Thursday. An apprehended violence order has also been served.

The alleged victim's mother told Network Ten she was "very grateful" fellow gamers called the police.

"The community is showing that they care - and most of them, believe it or not, were men," the woman said on Monday.

The mother told 9News her daughter was "very stressed all the time".

Network Ten reports the alleged victim is four months pregnant with the accused's third child.

He was playing Fortnite on Sunday night when the alleged incident occurred after he was asked to come out of his gaming room for dinner.

"Can you not? I said I'd be out soon," the 26-year-old can be heard saying on the live stream. 

"No computer. I'm sick of this s***," his partner replied in the video posted online.

The sound of someone being struck can then be heard followed by a woman wailing before she says: "You f***ing woman basher."

Cyber Crime Squad Detective Superintendent Matt Craft said the recording on the electronic device would be important evidence.

“In this part matter the electronic evidence has been central to formulating the allegation that’s before the court,” he said.

Fortnite, released last year, has close to 200 million players worldwide.

The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line – 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone in Australia who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

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