After the incident, Montreal Ubisoft Software expressed its gratitude to the police for their “quick and professional” response and the “support and kind words” received by the company on Twitter.
“According to the report of an incident that occurred in the studio earlier today on November 13, we are pleased to confirm that all our team members at Ubisoft Montreal are safe and have been evacuated from the premises,” Ubisoft told ” The Post wrote in another statement. . “In this complex and tense situation, we commend the strength and unity of all our team members. We thank the police and local authorities for their prompt response. We will continue to provide our team with all the necessary support to deal with this major event.”
Earlier on Friday, the police blocked the area around the corner of Saint-Viatour and Saint-Laurent streets and urged the public to stay away from the Maier End district near the studio. The local media reported possible hostage situations. As the tactical force arrived at the scene, the police evacuated a large number of people remaining in the building and on the roof of the building before it was sure that there was no threat.
The early reports of TVA Nouvelles drew people’s attention. At the time, it was suggested that at least a dozen people were taken hostage by multiple suspects. This caused online repercussions among Ubisoft employees and people inside and outside the video game industry.
On-site video shows that a large number of people gathered on the roof of the building. It seems that the door of the building was blocked by roadblocks. In addition to Ubisoft, the building also has multiple companies.
During the covid-19 pandemic, Ubisoft Montreal employees have been working far from home, and recently some employees have voluntarily returned to the office.
Amanda Coletta contributed to this report.