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Artists reveal touching graffiti memorial for YouTuber Etika

Published: 7/Nov/2019 5:23 Updated: 7/Nov/2019 5:56

by Andrew Amos

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A New York-based group of artists have unveiled an outstanding memorial for late YouTuber Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah five months after his death.

Etika was a larger-than-life YouTuber with a massive love for all things Nintendo. He garnered a following of almost a million subscribers on the platform, and a legion of fans who loved his boisterous personality, before news of his death rocked the gaming community last June. 

Now, a group of graffiti artists have looked to immortalize his ongoing legacy within the industry with a beautifully crafted mural in his hometown of New York.

Etika, InstagramEtika was a popular member of the Smash community.

On November 6, mural organiser ‘Double A’ tweeted out a panorama of the graffiti mural dedicated to the Smash content creator.

“We present to you the Art Mural dedicated to the legend Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah,” they said. 

The artpiece extends over 20 meters, and was designed by artists ‘bkfoxx’ and ‘kestaadm’. It features some of the YouTuber’s most iconic lines, including “Have yourself a damn good one” and “Take care of yourself” – always signing off to his viewers with the same positive message.

It also pays homage to his love of Nintendo, and specifically Smash. The artists integrated two Switch joycons into the mural, as well as a number of Smash-related icons. 

Fans of Etika have come out to celebrate the life of the popular YouTube personality, and admire the wonderful tribute. Many pledged to make the trek out to New York to see it in person.

“Etika will forever be imprinted on this world,” said user ‘CynicalEmo’.

‘Fl33k_ssbu’ also showed off a before and after photo of the mural. The plain old wooden boards have now been transformed into a beautiful shrine. “You guys really put in work,” he said.

Etika went missing on June 19, sparking a five-day search for the YouTuber. A collection of his personal belongings were found on the Manhattan Bridge, with his body being recovered from the East River on June 24.

New York-based fans of the content creator can see the mural for themselves at 1280 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, and pay their respects to the late YouTuber.


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Police hunt for suspect after hoax hostage situation at Ubisoft Montreal

Published: 13/Nov/2020 19:45 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:37

by Theo Salaun

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Reports indicate that there is an ongoing hostage situation involving dozens of people at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. There have been no confirmed injuries.

Update (7:35 p.m. ET): Ubisoft Montreal have released a statement regarding the hostage situation. “We are extremely relieved this was resolved without incident and we’d like to thank you all for your support and kind words.”

No injuries were reported at the offices. Montreal Police are launching a full investigation into the call.

Update (5:04 p.m. ET): All of the Ubisoft Montreal’s building occupants are being safely evacuated by Montreal’s police force and the police have joined local news in suggesting that the situation was, in fact, a hoax perpetrated by a call within the Ubisoft headquarters. No suspect has been identified or apprehended at this point, but the SPVM are actively investigating.

Update (4:04 p.m. ET): While local news outlets are reporting that the hostage situation was a hoax, Montreal’s police force have indeed confirmed that there appears to be no active threat and that the building’s occupants are being evacuated.

Update (3:33 p.m. ET): Little is known about the police force’s ongoing activity in attempts to enter the building, but CTV News reports that Ubisoft’s employees have been told, via company memo, to “hide in an area that locks and to keep quiet.”

Update (3:00 p.m. ET): Heavily armed Montreal police tactical units are approaching the building and preparing to make entry. Dozens of employees remain on roof and no injuries or negotiations with the suspects have been reported thus far.

Update (November 13, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. ET): Police appear to have barricaded off the daycare at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters, at least 50 employees have barricaded themselves atop the building’s roof, and tactical police units have blocked off surrounding streets and appear to be preparing to make entry. Current reports indicate that there have been no injuries thus far, according to local news on the scene.

With numerous reports and tweets from local news and Ubisoft Montreal employees, respectively, it appears that a hostage situation is unfolding at the company’s headquarters but that all employees are safe. 

In the afternoon, it was reported by Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles that dozens of hostages were being held at Ubisoft Montreal’s building on Saint Laurent Boulevard. This ongoing situation was echoed by Montreal’s police department, who put out public announcements to avoid the area due to the police’s efforts there.

Shortly after, numerous employees, including Programming Project Lead Gavin Young and a Production Marketer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, tweeted that they were indeed safe and sound despite what was happening in the building.

Although ‘Valskuiken’ tweeted that they would be going home, it appears that a large conglomerate of employees have made their ways to the building’s roof and have barricaded themselves up there by blocking off the door to the exterior.

Further, reports from TVA Nouvelles indicate that a ransom request has been made by the suspects, but it is unclear what has come of it as police continue to operate in the vicinity.

At present, it appears that numerous employees are safe but it is unclear what is precisely happening with the situation given the multi-floor building’s space and large occupancy. At least 50 employees have made it to the roof, wherereports show they are holding up safely. However, in anticipation of the police force making entry into the building, it seems that ambulances and a tactical police force are arriving to the scene.

As reports indicate, the tactical forces approaching the building include numerous police officers, tactical police units, and heavier vehicles. There have been no indications of injuries thus far, so it appears that the ambulances are predominantly a precautionary measure.

We will be continuing to update this page with updates as they come in and as the Montreal police force and local news provide information to the public about the current circumstances.