Deadmau5 shares lengthy apology after Twitch ban controversy - Dexerto

Deadmau5 shares lengthy apology after Twitch ban controversy

Published: 14/Feb/2019 19:56 Updated: 14/Feb/2019 20:09

by David Purcell


Joel Thomas Zimmerman, who many people will know as deadmau5, admits that he’s ashamed of trying to justify the use of homophobic slur by suggesting it is part of “gaming culture.” 

The DJ had his Twitch channel permanently banned on February 13, after referring to a stream sniper on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as a “cock-sucking stream sniper f*g” during a livestream. 

Zimmerman then publicly criticised the Amazon-owned streaming platform – with what he described as a non-apology – accusing them of censorship and double standards, claiming that his comments were merely some “harmless shit.”

PUBGdeadmau5 won’t be streaming PUBG again on Twitch any time soon.

He has since revealed, though, that he was wrong to react in the way that he did – posting another lengthy apology to Reddit. 

“I know what I said was wrong,” deadmau5 admitted. “My hastily composed non-apology was an insult to injury. I realize that trying to somewhat dismiss it as ‘gamer culture’ was even worse.

“As for Twitch, they had every right to ban me for that,” he added. “What I said was incredibly stupid and I don’t actually hold those beliefs at all. I let some gamer get the best of me and in that moment I lost control.”

Here’s the full version of deadmau5’s apology post on Reddit.

Deadmau5 says that he was advised not to come out with another official statement, following on from his non-apology, but decided to anyway. 

Whether or not this apology will be treated as genuine by the public remains to be seen, but having seen Zimmerman come out with this type of response in the past, industry insider Rod Breslau seems to be giving him the benefit of the doubt. 

While deadmau5 won’t be on Twitch anytime soon, he’s a known avid gamer and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him show up on another streaming platform in the future. 


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


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.