Workers at Montreal-based video game studio Ubisoft were forced to flee to the roof in potential hostage situation

Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft’s main office in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • A potential hostage situation at the video game studio Ubisoft in Montreal was ongoing on Friday afternoon, Le Journal de Montreal reports.
  • Police surrounded the building Saint-Laurent Boulevard in the Montreal neighborhood of Mile End. A live news feed showed employees on the roof.
  • “We are verifying that there is a police operation going on, but we aren’t confirming a hostage situation,” a representative of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal told Business Insider.
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A major video game studio in Montreal, Canada, has ushered employees to the roof as local police surround the building on the street below on Friday afternoon amid reports of a potential hostage situation.

A video feed from Le Journal de Montreal showed the scene as it unfolded on Friday afternoon at Ubisoft Montreal,  a blockbuster video game studio in Montreal. 

The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, Montreal’s police force, confirmed a “police operation” to Business Insider, but did not confirm if the ongoing incident is “a hostage situation.” 

Ubisoft Montreal is the main development studio of French game publisher Ubisoft, and is responsible for major franchises like “Assassin’s Creed,” “Far Cry,” and “Watch Dogs.”

It’s located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, in the Mile End neighborhood of Montreal. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the office held thousands of employees, but as many employees have been working from home, an unknown, smaller number of workers were in the studio on Friday afternoon.

Ubisoft representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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