A disappointed player of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege who fabricated an emergency at Ubisoft’s Montreal office has been sentenced to three years of community service, The Montreal Gazette reports. 22-year-old Yanni Ouahioune was issued the sentence on Monday in Paris due to his false report of a hostage situation in November 2020.
According to the police, Ouahioune orchestrated the hoax out of frustration for being repeatedly banned from the game, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. In reaction to the fraudulent report, a heavily armed police unit surrounded the Ubisoft building. The officers secured the premises and closed off several surrounding streets before determining there was no immediate danger. It is alleged that Ouahioune made the call from his parents’ home, utilizing Russian servers in a failed attempt to conceal his identity. After facing charges, La Presse relayed (via Polygon) that Ouahioune requested Ubisoft to reinstate his banned account. “I have invested more than $1,500 in aesthetic upgrades on my profile. I respectfully ask Ubisoft to restore my account,” Ouahioune stated.
The sentence also pertains to Ouahioune’s supposed involvement in a DDoS attack on a French government office and threats made against Minecraft developers. Alongside community service, the convicted hoaxer will be obligated to provide restitution to victims, receive treatment for mental health issues, and engage in work or undergo training.
In an email to The Montreal Gazette, Magali Valence, Ubisoft director of external communication for Ubisoft Montreal, expressed acknowledgment of the court’s ruling. “Throughout this trial, our aim was to advocate for our employees impacted by this fraudulent hostage alert at our Montreal studio. It was crucial to us to condemn this hostile and inadmissible incident. In order to respect our affected employees, we refrain from any further comments.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Rainbow Six Siege player sentencing
What was the reason behind the sentencing of the Rainbow Six Siege player?
The Rainbow Six Siege player was sentenced due to their involvement in a hoax threat against Ubisoft’s Montreal office, which they made out of frustration over being banned from the game multiple times.
What were the consequences of the hoax threat?
As a result of the hoax threat, a heavily armed police unit surrounded the Ubisoft building, causing disruption and closure of nearby streets. The player responsible for the threat was sentenced to three years of community service, along with other requirements such as compensating victims, receiving mental health treatment, and undergoing work or training.
Did the player attempt to hide their identity?
Yes, the player attempted to conceal their identity by making the call from their parents’ house using Russian servers. However, their attempt to mask their identity was unsuccessful.
Were there any additional charges against the player?
Yes, in addition to the hoax threat against Ubisoft, the player was also alleged to have been involved in a DDoS attack on a French government office and had made threats against Minecraft developers. These charges were taken into account during the sentencing.
How did Ubisoft respond to the incident?
Ubisoft acknowledged the court’s decision and expressed their commitment to representing the interests of their affected employees. They denounced the incident as violent and unacceptable, and out of respect for their employees, they refrained from making further comments on the matter.