ArmA Developers Arrested in Greek Island of Lemnos
Two employees of games developer Bohemia Interactive have been arrested while allegedly researching for an upcoming game, reports Greek news organization News 247. The two employees were not named but are ages 28 and 33. The two were scouting a military base and taking photos on the Greek island of Lemnos. The location was said to be a setting for the upcoming title, ArmA III. The previous game, ArmA II, recently received an overwhelming sure of press due to the popularity of the DayZ mod, which was built from ArmA II‘s engine.
Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel confirmed the reports on the game’s official message board:
This is true. We prefer this topic not to be discussed on our forums atm [at the moment] at least until we know more specific details about the case so I am going to close this topic and our moderators are going to close any related discussion [sic] here, thank you for understanding.
Bohemia Interactive later released a new statement, clarify the events and stating that the two developers were not in Lemnos for research purposes, but were actually just on vacation. It states as follows:
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.
As this story develops, we’ll keep you updated as the events unfold.