Two Bohemia Interactive, a.s. employees, were arrested on the Greek island of Lemnos last Sunday, and much speculation about what happened has circulated online. It’s been rumoured that they entered restricted military areas or gathered photographic references of military bases in order to improve the visual fidelity of Arma 3, a PC game currently under development by our company. Far in advance of any formal charges – only hours after they were detained by the local police – many media outlets immediately suggested spying and, only one day later, specifically referenced Arma 3.
Facing up to 20 years in prison, for taking pictures of an island, just like countless other tourists before them, the Czech developers are being charged with espionage. Only because they happen to work on a computer game, a game that portrays Greece as a battlefield for a fictional futuristic conflict between the USA and Iran in the year 2035.
Their employers have made it clear that both Mr. Buchta and Mr. Pezler:
- Visited Lemnos on their holiday as tourists.
- Did not enter any military area.
- Did not take any pictures of any military objects to be used in Arma 3.
This is a perfect opportunity for the gaming community to pull together and show your support! This whole incident is obviously one big misunderstanding and should be see as such. Help Ivan and Martin get out of jail. Check out the official support page here http://www.helpivanmartin.com/ and ‘like’ their facebook page here.