Jail time: How two Arma 3 developers were arrested in Greece

In September 2012, two members of Bohemia Interactive — the Prague-based development studio behind the Arma series — were arrested on espionage charges while vacationing on the Greek isle of Lemons. The government claimed the pair had been spying for information to use in its military game, Arma 3. After 129 days in prison, the pair were released. Check out the stream below for a chronicle of the entire story.

129 days in prison: A Bohemia developer speaks out about his detainment in Greece

In September 2012, the two Bohemia Interactive developers travelled on holiday to Lemnos, an island in the northern part of the Aegean sea. What followed, he tells Polygon, "resembles a bad movie."

While early reports indicated that the two men traveled to Greece to aid in the development of the upcoming Arma 3, Buchta says that was not true.

'We went just to a holiday on which we planned to enjoy the beauty of the island...'

"We were certainly not doing any scouting job. The environment of Limnos (now Altis) was practically done by the time we left. Our artists won't be happy if we...

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Bohemia Interactive renames Arma 3 island to avoid 'undesired real-life connotations'

Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive has decided to rename its in-game island, scrapping the name "Limnos" to avoid "undesired real-life connotations" with the real-life island it was inspired by, the developer announced today.

The island will be renamed "Altis," which the developer feels adequately expresses its "distinctive Mediterranean identity" and environment without linking to the real-world Greek island of Lemnos.

Lemnos was chosen as the blueprint for Arma 3's environment after Bohemia CEO Marek Spanel visited the island several years ago on vacation. The decision to rename the...

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Freed Bohemia developers return home to friends and family

The Bohemia Interactive developers arrested in Greece on suspicion of spying on military installations while on holiday have returned home to the Czech Republic, it was revealed in a video capturing their arrival.

The news was tweeted by DayZ creator Dean Hall, who offered an image of the newly freed Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, stating "They're home! And smiling!"

Earlier this week it was revealed Buchta and Pezlar were released on a bail sum set at 5,000 euros each. The two men faced up to 20 years in prison and remained in prison for 128 days following their arrest in September 2012.


Imprisoned Arma 3 developers released on bail

The two Bohemia Interactive employees arrested last year for allegedly spying on a military installation in Lemnos, Greece are now released on bail, as reported by HelpIvanMartin.org, the website that has petitioned for their release since their initial arrest.

Arma 3 developers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar were released on a bail sum set at 5,000 euros each, according to online magazine Novinky.cz. After funds are deposited, the two men who faced a conviction of up to 20 years in prison will be free to leave Greece.

"As a result of repeated dealings, today the Greek Prime Minister...

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Arma 3 delayed to 2013, requires more time for polish, says Bohemia

Tactical shooter Arma 3 is postponed until 2013, developer Bohemia Interactive announced this morning.

The company stated that the game requires more time in development in order to "reach its full potential." The studio expects to finalize all release plans next year.

Bohemia senior designer Joris-Jan van ‘t Land recently took over at project lead for Arma 3 after Daniel Musil left to pursue other opportunities.

"We're currently sorting the specifics so we can deliver a more complete announcement at the beginning of next year," said van 't Land in a press release.

Land said that the...

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Czech president appeals for ‘special attention' to jailed Arma 3 devs from Greek president

The president of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus, wrote to Greek president Karolos Papoulias to appeal for the latter's "special attention" to the case of two Arma 3 developers who have been jailed since September, Eurogamer reports.

In his letter, Klaus says that, although he does not wish to interfere with the Greek process of law, he implores the president to follow the case closely, lest the relationship between the two nations becomes strained.

According to the translation provided by Eurogamer.cz, Klaus wrote:

"I would like to address a matter of two Czech citizens who were...

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ArmA 3 devs accused of espionage denied first appeal, bail

Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, a pair of ArmA 3 developers arrested and charged with spying, have been denied an appeal and bail by a Greek court, Eurogamer reports.

Buchta and Pezlar have been in jail for 68 days now awaiting trial; if convicted, they could serve up to 20 years. Polygon reported previously on the accusations made in September for allegedly photographing Greek military installations. Both men were arrested on the island where ArmA 3 takes place, although the developers claimed to simply be there as tourists.

Previous statements made by Bohemia Interactive claim that any...

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'DayZ' creator says imprisoned 'Arma 3' developers 'need as much support as they can get'

DayZ creator Dean Hall of Bohemia Interactive briefly discussed his imprisoned fellow developers at the Eurogamer Expo today, saying during a presentation, "I just want to see them home."

After clarifying that he was speaking only for himself and not on behalf of Bohemia — the studio released an official statement last week defending the developers, Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta, and its chief executive later spoke out himself — Hall told the crowd, "Anything I can do to see them back is important," according to VG247.

"We don't want to get angry," he added. "We just want to see them...

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Bohemia Interactive CEO says 'Arma 3' developer arrests are a 'terrible personal tragedy'

Bohemia Interactive's CEO, Marek Spanel, released a statement this morning in support of two employees who are currently being detained in Greece on allegations of espionage.

Spanel defended Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta – two developers working on Arma 3 – saying that they were holidaying on the Greek island of Lemnos and had no intention to threaten Greek national security.

"The guys visited the island as tourists," Spanel said in his statement. "Their trip to Lemnos was personal, organized via travel agent, with the single goal of experiencing the place that has inspired the virtual...

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Bohemia Interactive asks you to sign petition to get imprisoned 'ARMA 3' developers home

Bohemia Interactive is asking users to sign a petition to help get the imprisoned ARMA 3 developers home following their arrest in Greece for alleged espionage.

"We've been gratified at the interest you have shown in our games and especially the attention garnered by the recent DayZ phenomenon," wrote Bohemia spokesman Ota Vrtatko to members of press.

"What I would like to do is to make you aware, if you're not already, of a community created support website for Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar - HelpIvanMartin.org The website contains information about their arrest, links to news reports...

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Imprisoned 'ARMA 3' developers speak out since arrest in Greece

The two ARMA 3 developers arrested last week in Greece for alleged espionage today released a joint statement maintaining their innocence, while being held in the Lesbos capital of Mytilene.

"The conditions are tough, but the people we meet treat us fairly and correctly. It is all a completely absurd misunderstanding that will certainly be quickly explained," the duo writes.

"We mainly think of you, our families; you have to stay calm and not to worry about us. We hope we will meet soon."

Bohemia Interactive spokesman Ota Vrtatko states allegations against the two are unwarranted,...

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'Arma' devs arrested by Greek military were vacationing, not spying, studio says

Two Arma developers arrested by Greek forces on allegations of spying earlier this week were vactioning on the island of Lemnos, not scouting for the game, the CEO of Arma developer Bohemia Interactive said today.

"We can confirm that two Bohemia Interactive employees, our colleagues and friends, were arrested during their holiday trip to Lemnos," Bohemia Interactive's Marek Spanel said in a statement released to Polygon. "They visited the island with the sole purpose of experiencing the island's beautiful surroundings."

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Arma 3 developers arrested for spying on military in Greece

Two employees of Arma 3 studio Bohemia Interactive were arrested after taking photos and film of military installations in Lemnos, Greece, it was confirmed by Bohemia CEO Marek Spanel on the developer's official forums.

The two developers stated they work for the studio and were compiling footage for ARMA 3.

"This is true," wrote Marek. "We prefer this topic not to be discussed on our forums atm, at least until we know more specific details about the case so I am going to close this topic and our moderators are going to close any related dicussion here, thank you for understanding."


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