Arma devs arrested for spying in Greece

UPDATE: Bohemia Interactive CEO says he hopes the arrest of two staffers in Greece on charges of spying is "an unfortunate misunderstanding"; pair reportedly explained they were collecting material for Arma III.


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Two Bohemia Interactive developers have been arrested on the Greek island of Lemnos for spying, company CEO Marek Spanel confirmed today. The executive explained on the company's official forums that the firm will not go into further details on the matter.

Two Arma devs have been arrested for spying in Greece.
Two Arma devs have been arrested for spying in Greece.

According to Greek reports surfacing recently, the pair were in possession of videos and photos of military compounds in Lemnos at the time of their arrest. The Greek island is the main location for Bohemia Interactive's upcoming shooter Arma III, with the two reportedly claiming they were collecting reference material for the game.

Asked if the arrested Arma devs are currently at the Czech embassy in Greece, a Bohemia Interactive representative told GameSpot, "Unfortunately, we have no idea at the moment."

Arma III is due out for PC during 2013. For more on the project, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

UPDATE: Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel has released a statement about the incident, claiming the two employees were visiting the island of Lemnos "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," Spanel said. "We always respect the law and we've never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country. The same is true for Arma III."

Spanel said the studio is training its efforts on supporting the two employees arrested in Greece, and that he hopes the incident is nothing more than "an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds".

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