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Update: Hostage situation that led to massive police response may have been ‘swatting’ incident

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Update: 8:17 p.m. EST – Earlier reports of a hostage situation at the Ubisoft office in Montreal might have been a hoax.

After employees of the company that makes the popular ‘Assassin’s Creed’ video game franchise barricaded themselves in offices and fled to the roof of their building, not threat was discovered by police, and no injuries were reported.

The 911 call that sent ambulances and tactical response units, as well as prepared local hospitals for a mass shooting event – is now being seen as a hoax by local authorities.

Update: 4:21 p.m. EST – Police have begun evacuating the building where Ubisoft’s Montreal office is located. It still isn’t clear what threat, if any exists.

We will continue to update as more information becomes available.

Earlier:

A crisis is developing in Canada’s French-Canadian city of Montreal, where a game developer business has reportedly become the site of a tense hostage situation.

Unconfirmed reports state about a dozen Ubisoft Montreal employees are being held.

Montreal Police have asked people to stay away from the area and not to give away too many details.

“We ask people to avoid the area. The SPVM is currently validating information and more details will follow,” the agency said.

The hostage situation appears to have been the result of a snowball effect from a robbery that took place nearby.

According to Arstechnica, live-streamed footage showed employees who had escaped to the roof of the building.

“This is insane,” one employee marked from the street. “This is my team on the roof.”

Ubisoft has stated that they “are aware of the situation and working with local authorities.”

This is a breaking story. We will update it when more details become available.

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