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Arma 3: ‘arrested devs were on holiday’, studio issues statement

Wednesday, 12th September 2012 12:36 GMT By Dave Cook

Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive has released a full statement to clarify the arrests of two of its developers, currently being detained under espionage charges on the Greek island if Lemnos. Both devs could face 20 years in prison if found guilty.

VG247 covered the arrests in detail yesterday, in which two members of the Arma 3 team were arrested in Lemnos after allegedly taking photos of a Greek military base.

Bohemia’s CEO Marek Spanel has now issued a full statement on the studio forum, shedding new light on the arrests.

We can confirm that two Bohemia Interactive employees, our colleagues and friends, were arrested during their holiday trip to Lemnos. They visited the island with the sole purpose of experiencing the island’s beautiful surroundings.

Since its establishment in 1999, Bohemia Interactive has created games based only upon publicly available information. We always respect the law and we’ve never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country. The same is true for Arma 3.

Currently, all our effort goes towards supporting the guys over there, as well as their friends and families affected by this difficult situation. We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds.

On behalf of the Bohemia Interactive team,

Thanks CVG.

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  1. TMRNetShark

    Oh snap… They are gonna be in a Greek prison for 20 years.

    And they call Turks bloodthirsty. XD

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Uncontested

    Hell of a statement… way to throw your employees under the bus.. Knew BI was a bunch of scumbags but to send their employees out to get photos of the location their next game is based on and then deny it because they don’t wanna get in trouble??? Wow… just WOW..

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Fin

    @2

    Why do you think they’re lying?

    Whole thing seems a bit odd.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TheBlackHole

    They totally hung those guys out to dry. Terrible statement from Bohemia.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. zinc

    Ah, they are ‘spotters’. Plane Spotters, train spotters, even bird spotters, seem to sometimes forget that they can’t take pictures wherever they want and not because of some draconian sense of anti-fun, but because it’s actually dangerous.

    The number of times I’ve had to inform a train spotter, that trespassing onto running lines, so they can get that perfect shot, is not only illegal, but could result in their death, is boggling.

    Average age of spotter mid 30′s to 40′s, so they should know better.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. viralshag

    So where did the whole research thing come from?

    I don’t think the statement is that bad. I imagine if they had publicly and officially acknowledged the guys were there on the company’s behalf, it would probably drag BI into it too.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. NeoSquall

    This is actually bad for the two devs arrested, now they can’t be saved from prison.

    Anyway, we still don’t know what photos have been found on those people cameras and if these events aren’t just the consequence of the previous debacle with the Mayor of Lemnos.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. roadkill

    Dave your previous headline should have been “Go on holiday in Greece, Get arrested for doing so” :D

    @5 Dude! Artists, and in this case photographers love what they’re doing and don’t always think or know if what they’re shotting should or not be shot. They tend to get carried away sometimes. I did it too, photography I mean and if I’d have to think “am I allowed to take this shot?” every time I took a picture I would have lost a lot of beautiful moments. That was 1. 2 “The number of times I’ve had to inform a train spotter, that trespassing onto running lines, so they can get that perfect shot, is not only illegal, but could result in their death, is boggling.” Why? Why do you care? And if you do why are you complaining? I don’t get it, do you like or do you hate helping people? Or are you frustrated that no one acknowledges you as a hero!?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @8 heh :P

    Hope the guys are alright though. No one deserves this amount of crap.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    @8 Maybe he cares because it’s his job to keep people safe and still complain of some people’s stupidity?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    I dont think is a coincidence they have their vacations or holiday trip on the same island the game is based on, they do really think that statement would convince the Greece Government/military department, that they were on their own will?, in this particular case silence should have been appreciated, for both parts, their employees and the Greece departments IMHO.
    p.s they dont follow their name, i mean they had nothing of bohemian, really

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    That is pretty damn cold from Bohemia.

    “We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds.”

    You “hope” they aren’t spies. That has to be very reassuring to everyone involved.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Uncontested

    In other words they’re worried the Greek Government will come after them so instead they throw their employees under the bus and claim “oh we didn’t know they were doing that!”

    Bullshit. This is low.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. roadkill

    @9 Me too Dave. Me too.

    #14 2 years ago