Ubisoft Montreal releases a statement via Twitter providing an update following today’s harrowing hostage incident that has been resolved.
Ubisoft Montreal has released a statement following today’s harrowing hostage situation. Thankfully, the issue was resolved without incident, and Ubisoft is thanking Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPM) for handling the situation, as well as fans for their support.
Earlier today, it was reported that Ubisoft Montreal was experiencing a hostage situation. Initially, the threat seemed real and employees were hiding under their desks to seek refuge. With Ubisoft Montreal’s statement, fans can rest easy knowing that everyone is safe.
The statement first mentions the “courage and composure” that the team showed during such a terrifying situation. Ubisoft says that the well being and health of the team is what is most important. The release then shifts to the SPVM, which Ubisoft claims handled the situation professionally and quickly. The statement ends by thanking fans for the kind words and support, fans who are enjoying Ubisoft’s latest successful entry, Assasins Creed Valhalla.
Ubisoft is “extremely relieved” after today’s incident, which unfortunately may have been the latest example of swatting, the disgusting act of reporting a fake threat to authorities, resulting in armed SWAT members needing to get involved. According to SPVM (the Police in Montreal), the building was evacuated and no threats were identified. An investigation is now set to take place, to verify that the threat was not real, and to possibly follow-up on who and why the police were sent to the location.
The idea of swatting is one that has become more prevalent lately, especially with streamers, where it is possible to see the police charge a building live during a stream. The Fortnite World Cup champ, Bugha, was swatted last year, for example. It has not yet been confirmed that Ubisoft was a victim of swatting in today’s incident, but the hope is that the SPVM is able to get to the bottom of this situation and bring justice. Whether there was a real threat, or one that was faked via a swatting call, whoever is responsible should be held accountable.
Violent video games like Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs Legion can be controversial for various reasons, but it is always important to decipher and clarify the difference between virtual entertainment and real life. While hundreds of enemies can be mowed down in a single mission of a game like Watch Dogs with zero impact on the real world, one single life here on earth is infinitely valuable. It is a blessing that no one was harmed during today’s incident in Montreal.
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