Arma 3: Developers Arrested for Espionage
I couldn’t honestly have made this story up. Yesterday we learned that two developers from the Czech Studio, Bohemia, who make the Arma games, are being tranferred to the Greek island of Lesbos, where they will face charges of espionage.
The team working on Arma 3 were supposedly taking reconnaissance photographs “near” a Greek army base on the island of Lemnos. The two developers aged 28 and 33 where then spotted and promptly arrested. Bohemia boss, Jan Kunt, is concerned that the situation will not ease. Although the pair have not yet been charged, Bohemia already have a history with the Lemnos mayor, Antonis Hatzidiamantis.
The mayor objected to the Arma developers using maps and geographical information that he believes places Greece at risk from its neighbours and rivals Turkey. Bohemia argue however that the information they used if freely available and in the public domain. Kunt has claimed that developers are often out near the site taking detailed pictures of the local flora and fauna, but claims he doesn’t know what his employees were doing at the time they were arrested.
“There have been developers on Lemnos before taking detailed photographs of things like dirt, fields and fauna. They take photos of lots of flowers and shrubbery and trees to get the environment accurate. I don’t know where they were caught or what they were doing when they were caught.” However instead of just leaving at that Kunt decided to throw in a somewhat inflammatory statement. ”I’m not sure the situation will ease out. The Greeks arrested twelve people taking pictures of planes. Seems like the Greeks have lots of problems and want to focus attention elsewhere.” We shall have to see how this situation pans out.