Police evacuate Ubisoft Montreal over what appears to have been a fake threat report

    
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Police evacuate Ubisoft Montreal over what appears to have been a fake threat report
[We’re updating at the end; scroll down for the latest.]

According to Canadian news outlet Journal de Montreal (now verified by several other Canadian news agencies), the physical building where Ubisoft Montreal (among multiple companies) is housed is under some sort of hostage situation, a revelation that’s sending shockwaves across social media this afternoon.

Overhead helicopter footage from yet another Canadian outlet shows dozens of people milling around on the roof of the building (presumably for safety, as they appear to have barricaded themselves outside); Le Journal says there’s a “large security perimeter and several police officers in the area” with other staffers supposedly “barricaded in conference rooms.” However, Montreal police have not actually confirmed what’s going on, only confirmed the “ongoing police operation.” CBC reports “heavily armed officers” descending on the scene.

Ubisoft community rep Eric Pope has been tweeting about the situation, saying he’d been “on a call with folks at the office and they had to leave abruptly.” He also tweeted a photo from another news channel, saying, “This is my team on the roof.”

We’ll update as soon as we learn more.

Source: Le Journal de Montreal via Gamasutra, Twitter, Global News, CBC. Cheers, Kinya and Kiry.
Update

CBC reports now that the situation “seems to be related to an armed robbery.” No injuries have been reported.

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Pope’s tweet was apparently deleted, but here it is for reference.

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Police say they’re evacuating the Ubisoft building but that “no threat has been identified for now.” It remains unclear what exactly is going on.

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CBC is now openly calling the original call a hoax based on police reporting. It’s not yet clear who would do this or why (or whether we can call it a swatting attempt), but the good news is that everyone on the scene is safe.
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Ubisoft has posted its statement thanking players and police for their support:

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Malcolm Swoboda

This was alarming because its a bit too close to home (both geographically and social circles).

A-holes.

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Adam Russell

Do we get OT for this?

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Bruno Brito

What?

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Adam Russell

You know someone will ask that for having to stay late. Up on the rooftop.

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Bruno Brito

Edited responde because main comment got blasted.

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Utakata

Being “Swatted” is the first thing that comes to mind…

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Loopy

It’s a confirmed hoax call as per CBC:

“The 911 call that sent police and ambulances to the offices of a Montreal gaming company on Friday was a hoax, police sources have confirmed. ”

I’m glad to hear it wasn’t a real threat, but i’m also annoyed that people are still doing fake calls like these, resulting in a crap ton of lost money and added psychological stress on the people.

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Adam Russell

Surprised they dont catch them more often. I remember when I was a kid there were a couple bomb threats to the school and they caught both of them.

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John Kiser

It’s probably also far easier to spoof the numbers these days than it was back then. They get caught eventually if it is a constant thing.

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MilitiaMasterV

Hope it’s a false alarm. Would rather that, than an actual event. Even better if they prosecute the person responsible for a false report, if it is one.

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WayTooLateTV

If this turns out to be a SWATting, I hope they find the person responsible for calling it in and make a F’n example of them.

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flatline4400

imnal but I did do police work up here, and it is going to depend on the age of the swatter, when they find him/her.

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Robert Mann

Canada doesn’t play around with that, thankfully. They try the idiots who do these things as terrorists. Age may play a role, but they should still have a long road ahead in order to ensure they understand what is and is not acceptable. Frankly we coddle kids who do these things a little too much.

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John Kiser

We coddle kids who do a lot of bad shit way too much. Bullies are a prime example of coddling too much. They never get in trouble, but you fight back you will. Kids don’t learn that there are repercussions for their actions these days because no one punishes them properly.

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Robert Mann

True enough, the point being that we as modern society seem to have forgotten that sometimes love must come a little tough.

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Greaterdivinity

I mean it’s not GOOD…but the update that there’s no hostage situation/Ubi wasn’t targeted is “good”.

Hope they can resolve the armed robbery issue without injury or incident. Appreciate the speedy updates on this, MOP!

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jinarra

Holy shit haven’t these people been through enough?

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Fisty

Horrible news. That looks like a lot of employees still working in the building. Hoping this turns out fine.