Games developers arrested for spying in Greece

Two Czech games developers have been arrested for “spying” outside a Greek military base.

The pair were caught with photos and video of a military installation and arrested in the Greek island of Lemnos. This would normally be an open and shut case. After all, the whole world wants to know about Greek military technology which has not really changed much since the battle of Thermopylae – but is a bizarre source of national pride for a country that can’t afford to run one.

According to Edge, the two developers, aged 28 and 33, face up to twenty years in a Greek prison, which is a little harsh because the pair were working for video game developers Bohemia Interactive and were collecting reference material for ArmA III, an upcoming military game that is set on a Greek island.

Bohemia Interactive boss Marek Spanel confirmed that the story is true.

He issued a statement that these developers were in Greece on holiday and “visited the island with the sole purpose of experiencing the island’s beautiful surroundings”.

However, it does seem to be distancing itself a little from the filming activity of its developers.

In a statement, Bohemia Interactive said it has created games based only upon publicly available information and the software house always respects the law and has never instructed anybody to violate the laws of any country.

The company said that all its effort goes towards supporting the guys over there, as well as their friends and families. But then it comes out with a statement like: “We sincerely hope that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of their passion as artists and creators of virtual worlds”.

Strange wording. It could be read as we really hope the developers we packed off to take pictures of Greek bases were not really spying.