Two ArmA III developers arrested for spying in Greece

Two of the team members behind the next game in the ArmA military shooter series are now involved in their own real life drama. The two members of Czech-based Bohemia Interactive have been arrested in Greece after they were seen taking photos and video footage of military installations located on the Greek island of Lemnos.

PC Gamer reports that Greek authorities didn't buy the "research for an upcoming game" excuse, even though the game was previously announced as taking place in those locations. The Greek government has now arrested them on espionage charges. Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel has confirmed these news reports on the company's official message board but added:

We prefer this topic not to be discussed on our forums atm, 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 dicussion (sic) here, thank you for understanding.

ArmA III was scheduled to be released by the end of 2012. It's unknown if this arrest will delay the launch of the game. Indeed, it's unknown how this arrest will affect Bohemia Interactive as a whole, which recently announced it would launch a stand alone version of the popular ArmA II mod DayZ.

Source: PC Gamer | Image via Bohemia Interactive

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Lemnos is a heavily fortified island in Greece cause it is at the east borders with Turkey. I am pretty sure that they took photos of actual military camps and positions and therefore they were arrested. The police and other services will examine their photos and proceed according to law. The same would happen in any sensitive installation of NATO member and other countries.

The game is great but it is also the best simulation for any invader! Hopefully they selected Lemnos and not Rhodes, Kos or Samos which face more danger

Jaybonaut said,
...because Google Maps isn't detailed enough.

Uh, it's not, you can't make detailed models of installations and buildings from google maps.

Kind of a good idea to talk to the people in charge before you go around taking photos of not just one, but multiple military installations...

I wonder if ARMA3 will decide that walking on your own two legs shouldn't be more complicated than driving a car or helicopter.