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Vids/Pics: Possible hostage situation at video game company Ubisoft in Montreal

November 13, 2020

Police in Montreal, Canada were reportedly responding to a possible hostage situation at a video game company, Ubisoft Montreal on Friday.

The French-language Journal de Montréal reported dozens of people in the building may be held hostage. Montreal Police have since evacuated the building and reported no threat had been identified.

Police Montréal tweeted, “No threat has been identified for now. We are currently evacuating the building.”

A Twitter user posted, “Breaking: A police operation is underway in Montreal, Canada. Journal de Montreal is reporting that a possible hostage situation involving dozens of people is ongoing in the Ubisoft building.

The video purported to show dozens of people gathered on the roof of the building.

Another video purported to show police blocking off a street in Montreal.

A Twitter user posted, This is happening right now near @UbisoftMTL – @CBCMontreal @CBCTheNational @CTVMontreal @CTVNews @Global_Montreal @LP_LaPresse @LeDevoir.”

Montreal police tweeted, “Police operation in progress at the corner of Saint-Laurent and St-Viateur. We ask people to avoid the area. The #SPVM currently validating information and further details will follow.”

Eric Pope, a developer for Hyper Space, a game produced by Ubisoft, tweeted, “this is insane. this is my team on the roof.”

Another Twitter user posted, “BREAKING – Dozens of people are being held hostage on the rooftop of the #Ubisoft building in #Montreal, Canada.”

Footage appeared to show the doors to the building’s rooftop had been barricaded shut.

The Post Millennial tweeted, “Huge police presence here. Cruisers, vans and armoured trucks are rushing towards Ubisoft building.”

“Police have shut down streets surrounding the Ubisoft Office,” the Post Millennial also tweeted.

A Twitter user posted news footage of heavily armed police moving up a street, with a translated tweet, “Possible hostage-taking at Ubisoft Montreal: the #policiers special intervention forces are on site. Dozens of people are said to be held against their will in the building. A ransom would have been demanded. (VAT)#Canada.”