A displeased player of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, who made a fraudulent emergency call to Ubisoft’s office in Montreal, has been sentenced to three years of community service, as reported by The Montreal Gazette. Yanni Ouahioune, a 22-year-old gamer, received his sentence this week in Paris, after he falsely alerted the authorities about a hostage situation at the office in November 2020.
The police reported that Ouahioune’s hoax was motivated by his frustration over being repeatedly banned from Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. His fake alert provoked a considerable police response, with a heavily equipped team encircling the Ubisoft headquarters. The police successfully secured the building and shut down several adjacent streets before determining there was no immediate threat. Ouahioune supposedly made the call from his parents’ home, utilizing Russian servers to conceal his identity, albeit unsuccessfully. Following his charge, La Presse (via Polygon) reported that Ouahioune beseeched Ubisoft to lift the ban on his account. “I have invested over $1,500 in cosmetic enhancements for my profile,” Ouahioune lamented, “I humbly request the Ubisoft team to ‘unban’ my account, please.”
Ouahioune’s sentence also pertains to his alleged involvement in a DDoS attack on a French government office and making threats against Minecraft developers. As part of his sentence, the convicted prankster is reportedly required to compensate the victims, seek treatment for a mental health issue, and either engage in employment or undertake training, alongside his community service obligation.
Ubisoft Montreal’s director of external communication, Magali Valence, expressed her acknowledgment of the court’s ruling in an email to The Montreal Gazette. “We were determined to represent the interests of our employees who were impacted by this fictitious hostage situation at our Montreal studio during the trial. It was crucial for us to condemn this violent and intolerable incident. In consideration of our employees affected by this incident, we choose not to comment further.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ubisoft Montreal Swatting Incident
Who was sentenced for swatting Ubisoft Montreal’s offices?
Yanni Ouahioune, a 22-year-old player of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, was sentenced for making a fraudulent emergency call to Ubisoft’s office in Montreal.
What was the reason for Ouahioune’s action?
Ouahioune made a fake emergency call because he was disgruntled about being repeatedly banned from playing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
What was Ouahioune’s sentence for the incident?
Ouahioune was sentenced to three years of community service. He is also required to compensate victims, seek mental health treatment, and either find employment or undergo training.
Were there any additional crimes Ouahioune was implicated in?
Yes, Ouahioune was also implicated in a DDoS attack against a French government office and making threats against Minecraft developers.
How did Ubisoft Montreal respond to the incident and the court’s decision?
Magali Valence, Ubisoft Montreal’s director of external communication, stated that the company was committed to representing the interests of its employees affected by the incident and acknowledged the court’s decision. Ubisoft chose not to comment further out of respect for the affected employees.