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Bohemia CEO on Arrested Employees

If you missed yesterday's news, two members from the ArmA development studio Bohemia Interactive, were arrested in Greece having been accused of espionage. The people in question spoke in their defense, saying that they were taking snapshots to aid the development of the company's game Arma 3.

Bohemia CEO, Marek Spanel, said: "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."

He added: "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."


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Terminator Sep 12 2012, 11:08 am EDT
Hopefully they can work out a deal. 20 years in prison is way too harsh!
KraGeRzR Sep 12 2012, 02:32 pm EDT
Those Greek prisons won't be a terribly enjoyable experience.

At least it's not Cyprus.
Breedy_Mcfluff Sep 12 2012, 06:04 pm EDT
Although details are pretty much non-existent in the media, I do hope as well that they can get outta this jam. The greek response to something like this happening seems even more irrational than an American response.

I mean, who wants to spy on Greece anyway? They're like the Canadians of Europe.
HellRider Sep 13 2012, 02:35 am EDT
Hey there I live in Greece and I can give you some insight on this.
Lemnos is considered critical for security, like all islands, mainland and sea, near the Turkish borders.
As such government and especially the military are very touchy about military installation photography.
Now the fact that you can see with great detail those installations on Google maps, makes this situation a joke.
Moreover, if Turkey wanted to take photos - which I'm sure they already have - they'd send real spies who wouldn't get caught.
So instead of using the game as a tourist attraction, the butthurt Greek government chooses to create negative publicity in the whole world.
This is the country I live in :)
Cheddar Sep 13 2012, 04:30 pm EDT
Of course the Greek Feds are being douchey about this. I mean, it's a government. Being an asshole about everything practically comes with the job description.

However, the Bohemia devs still should've known better, obviously. If they had gotten shot, they'd qualify for a Darwin Award right now.
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