The Arma developers that were caught in Greece and suspected for “espionage”, have finally been released on bail.
Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar from Bohemia Interactive are free on bail, and will return to the Czech Republic after having spent 128 days in Greek prison. Apparently the two developers were taking images of army compounds on the island of Lemnos. The first story was that they were taking photos to use for their upcoming Arma game. However, afterwards the official story was they were simply there on vacation.
Regardless of which, the two men are now free to go home. The bails were 5,000 Euros each. That being said, they’re still not “free” per say. They will most likely be tried at a later date for the charges of espionage, but at least they can return home to their families.
Recently two developers employed by Bohemia Interactive were arrested under the suspicion of spying. The alleged spying apparently took place on the Greek island of Lemnos. The gaming company has chosen not to go into further detail with what actually happened.
The developers were apparently found in possession of photographs and video footage of the army compounds located on the island. The two are apparently claiming they were collecting reference material for their upcoming shooter Arma III. The title will take place on the island, so it seems likely they were just searching for reference material.
An update was later on posted by Game Spot. In the update, Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel claimed that the two developers were merely visiting the island to experience “the island’s beautiful surroundings”.
“Since its establishment in 1999, Bohemia Interactive has created games based only upon publicly available information,” Spanel said. “We always respect the law and we’ve never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country. The same is true for Arma III.”