While visiting the Island of Lemnos in Greece, two Bohemia Interactive employees were arrested on suspicion of espionage. The two Czech citizens, 28 and 33, were found in possession of video and photos of military installments that were on the island. Being that they are currently developing Arma 3, the pair claimed that the photos/video were strictly for development purposes.
CEO of Bohemia Interactive, Marek Spanel, comments with the following statement:
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.
On behalf of the Bohemia Interactive team,
Marek Spanel, CEO
The Bohemia Interactive team has always upheld the highest respect for military and focus their games around the authenticity of military/combat operations. They have used photographs to model their games in the past and will likely continue to do so. We can only hope that this all gets worked out so the team can continue their work on Arma 3 and Day Z.