‘No Threats’ Identified by Police After Hostage Call

Update 2: 

The Service de police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) has issued a statement regarding the incident that took place today at the Saint-Laurent Boulevard office building where Ubisoft Montreal is based.

In a short statement, the SPVM said it “deployed a large number of resources to answer a call for a hostage situation in a Saint-Laurent Boulevard office building.”

“The perimeter was quickly secured and the SPVM confirms that no threat has been detected and no injuries are reported.”

Investigators are now taking the statement of the evacuees from the building and are attempting to find out the origins of “the call behind this important police force deployment.”

In a second statement, Ubisoft Montreal says:

“We want to salute the courage and composure our teams showed today, our focus remains on ensuring their health and wellbeing. We would also like to thank the SPVM for their quick and professional response, helping to bring the situation under control.”

Update 1:

The Montreal police are now evacuating the building after identifying no threats. IGN will have more updates as the situation continues to unfold.

Original Story: Canadian news outlets are reporting a police situation taking place at the building where Ubisoft Montreal is based. Montreal PD has confirmed there is a police operation in the sector where the offices are located but didn’t provide any further details.

IGN reached out to the Montreal Police’s media box where an automated briefing said a “police operation” is happening at the location of Saint-Laurent and St-Vieateur, but that they are still verifying the situation.

The Montreal police added that people should “avoid the sector.”

“We are aware of the situation and working with local authorities,” a Ubisoft representative said in a short statement to IGN.

Montreal PD has issued a follow-up saying specialized officers are on-site inspecting the premise, but no injuries have been reported.

The news first began when Ubisoft Montreal employees started sharing about a possible situation at the Montreal office. Ubisoft senior community director Eric Pope alerted social media about a police situation unfolding at the offices, though it was unclear at the time what the situation was about. There was much confusion about the event, especially since the first reports from Canadian outlets like the Montreal Journal first reported a possible hostage situation where Ubisoft’s offices are located, on Saint-Laurent Boulevard in the Mile End area of Montreal.

The Montreal police did not confirm any details beyond a police operation, however, and there was no mention of any hostage situation. Ubisoft employees were filmed protecting themselves on the roof of their office building, and images of the scene were widely circulated online.

Ubisoft Montreal employees shared updates on their safety online. While some Ubisoft Montreal employees are still working from home, others who have been in the office have provided updates on social media.

Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.

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