Skip to comments.Game makers arrested over alleged spying in Greece
Posted on 09/17/2012 6:00:24 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
Two game developers visiting Greece have been arrested on suspicion of spying.
The two men, who work for developer Bohemia Interactive, were arrested outside a military base on the island of Limnos.
A Bohemia spokesman said the pair had simply been on holiday on Limnos.
The Prague-based game maker has clashed with the authorities on Limnos before, over its use of detailed maps of the island.
In a statement published on its website, Bohemia said the two men had travelled there "with the sole purpose of experiencing the island's beautiful surroundings".
Bohemia said it was doing all it could to support the arrested men, who have now been transferred to Lesbos where they will be formally charged in the island's district court, and their families.
"We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds," it added.
Bohemia is best known for the Arma military simulation games, and the next version of the title, Arma III, is set on a highly detailed digital version of Limnos, based on images, video and data gathered during a series of research trips to the island.
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The thread is doomed.
How long will it take to degeneres ... er ... degenerate?
I dunno, but I’m certainly not going to be called on the carpet for it.
Pretty hilarious, BIS is going out of their way to give the local tourism trade businesses of Lemnos more publicity than they could buy in 3 or 4 generations, so what do the local government thugs do... arrest the BIS employees on a nature trip to photograph the local flora during the summer peak green foliage.
By January 2013, about half a milllion to a million people, relatively wealthy PC gamers and the targeted audience of Greek tourism trade, will know of Lemnos because of the release of Arma3.
Even more confusing, Greece’s military sends officers to the UK to train using the classified military simulator VBS1 created by BIStudios. VBS1 is also being updated to use the Limnos environment, including the flora these guys were photographing.
Or anything Greek, for that matter. I wouldn't take over a single Greek island, just on the fear that I'd get stuck with their debt.
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