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BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage

The Bohemia Interactive Studios Forums have a confirmation from CEO Marek Spanel of sketchy reports from yesterday that a pair of the company's employees have been arrested for espionage. This is reported in Greek on NEWS247, and a machine translation shows us this says a pair of Czechs were arrested in Myrina, Greece with a camcorder and photographs of camps and military facilities. They have explained they were doing research for Arma 3, but there's no further word yet on how this is playing out. Spanel's post confirms the report is true, but asks that it not be discusses in the forums "at least until we know more specific details about the case."

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23. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 17:20 Creston
 
If you want to take pictures of a nation's military base, you go the said nation's government, you say "Hey, I'm with Bohemia Interactive Studios, we're making this game called Arma 3. We're going to base it on this island, and we want to make it look real life, so we'd like to take some outside pictures of your military base. Nothing secret, and we will let you have the final word on what we can show or not. Would that be okay?"

Then you sit through the year's worth of paperwork and elbow-greasing it takes to get something like that done. And then you go and take your pictures, while escorted by some dour old lieutenant who's three years away from retirement who grumbles at you all day how war is not a game and how if HE was in charge of the nation's youth, he'd show them how to play games and yadda yadda yadda.

Or, you know, you can just go there randomly and take pictures of some military base, and wind up with your ass in jail.

BIS devs... you chose poorly.

Creston

 
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