Ubisoft’s late 2020 hostage hoax is under investigation by police who have identified a suspect who was banned from Rainbow Six Siege 80 times.
A suspect has been identified in the case of the Ubisoft hostage situation last fall. The situation made headlines as someone was reported to have broken into the studio’s Montreal office and taken hostages, leading to a heavy police presence. It turned out to be a false alarm, but apparently, the police now believe that the suspect is a Rainbow six siege cheat.
Although the situation was a false alarm, police have been investigating who made the call and it caused a great deal of emotional distress for Ubisoft employees and the general public. Big tech companies have been the target of great threats in the past. In 2018, YouTube headquarters was attacked by an assailant resulting in 4 injuries and 1 death (the shooter). Other game developers like Square Enix have also faced threats in the past, although none of them came true.
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According to Press, Montreal police believe that the perpetrator of this act is a Rainbow six cheater, Yanni Ouahioune, who has been banned 80 times by Ubisoft. Supposedly, the player wanted revenge and also gain the ability to ban other players. Ouahioune admitted to a crushing incident in 2017, but denies being responsible for what happened to Ubisoft, going as far as claiming that they would have confessed it just to get attention when it happened. The suspect allegedly forged his phone number to make it appear that he came from inside Ubisoft and stated that five men demanded $ 2 million in exchange for 40 hostages.
The incident apparently resulted in the loss of more than a million dollars of productivity for Ubisoft, in addition to other damages and mental health support. More hoaxes also continued afterward, such as a bomb threat at Ubisoft’s daycare, not unlike a Konami incident, and reports that an executive was shot in the head. The police are working to be more discreet in handling these situations so as not to cause panic.
Whether or not Ouahioune actually did it is unknown, but it is good to see the police actively investigating this and exposing the realities of the toxic gaming communities. Obsession and entitlement is an important trait seen in the industry, for both developers and journalists. It clearly highlights a bigger problem that can lead to people doing horrible things.
The Ubisoft hostage hoax may have ended well, all things considered, but it could have gone worse. Many crushing incidents have resulted in unnecessary deaths for animals and people, so at least the Montreal police are handling the Ubisoft situation with care. The highly competitive nature of Rainbow six it generates a special kind of toxicity that, hopefully, the industry will try to keep fighting.
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