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Ubisoft Montreal hostage situation turns out to be a hoax

Published: 08:49, 14 November 2020
Updated: 09:08, 14 November 2020
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It appears that swatting has taken an upgrade path from streamers to game developers, as a 911 call alleged that Ubisoft Montreal's premises were involved in a hostage situation.

The resulting situation was quite horrific for the employees, a group of which ran to the roof and barricaded the door, undoubtedly anticipating the worst-case scenario. Others barricaded themselves in whatever offices they were close to, waiting for someone to make sense of the situation. 

We suspect that the lack of any apparent danger only made things worse, so we shudder to think what sort of scenarios flooded their minds. Nevertheless, the police arrived promptly and in numbers, which alleviated some concerns, but still left the question of what in the world is going on. 

Once the police swept the building properly, employees were taken to safety outside, although they still had more questions than answers. 

Strangely enough, several sources report that there were more than one 911 calls mentioning multiple hostage-takers and ransom demands. Even more peculiar is the fact that one of these calls came from inside the building.

Now, it's still possible that this call was made to appear as if it came from inside the building, as we doubt that anyone from Ubisoft Montreal would think there's anything remotely funny about this. 

Ultimately though, more than one 911 call saying the same thing suggests this was a group effort, and if a call was made to look like it's from Ubisoft Montreal, it suggests these were no children. And we really hope we're wrong on both these counts, mind you. 

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In spite of the fact that swatting was never funny, this heinous behaviour continues to take turns for the worse. It appears no amount of deaths can wake people up, and we can only hope that the police with find the perpetrators and set such a legal precedent that their grandchildren will wake up with lawsuits. 

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