MONTREAL – People were evacuated from the offices of Ubisoft, a French video game company in Montreal after an emergency call prompted police to gather near the building, urging residents to stay away.
Montreal Police later wrote on Twitter that there were no immediate reports of injuries and that no threat has been found for the time being.
During the police operation, local television reports showed Ubisoft employees on the roof of their office building, but the circumstances as to why they were there were not immediately clear. A SWAT police car was seen in the area.
La Presse, a leading French newspaper in French in Montreal, reported that Ubisoft employees had received an email asking them to barricade themselves, hide and put their phones on silent mode.
Ubisoft employs 17,000 people in 55 studios around the world and makes games like Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance. The Montreal office went through a major recruiting campaign last year and now employs more than 3,000 people. However, due to the pandemic, many have worked from home.
The Mile End neighborhood, where the office is known for its bagel trading hubs, large Hasidic community, and a group of high-tech companies, Ubisoft being a major player.