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DayZ creator urges release of ArmA devs jailed for alleged espionage

Two Bohemia Interactive developers were arrested on charges of spying in Greece, and DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall is urging gamers to call for their immediate release.

Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, both Czech nationals involved in the ArmA series of military shooters, were detained earlier this month and face up to 20 years on espionage charges, supporters say.

The two were arrested for allegedly taking pictures and video of Greek military installations on the island of Lemnos, the real-world inspiration for ArmA 3’s setting of Limnos.

“After more than two years of passionate work on Limnos, the fictional counterpart and also a game tribute to the real place, they were really interested to see the real island of Lemnos,” Hall said on his personal Tumblr. “They were there as tourists, and are being charged simply because they were working on a video game.”

Hall said both Buchta and Pezlar aided in his transition from New Zealand to the Czech Republic. They also worked on the upcoming standalone version of the DayZ mod for ArmA 2, for which Hall joined Bohemia Interactive as lead designer.

Hall urged community members to send Twitter messages to Greece’s prime minister, write letters, and visit local embassies. Meanwhile, Bohemia Interactive has denied any allegations that the two were visiting the island in any part for research for ArmA 3.

5 comments

  • Apastron - September 21, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    If only Greece could keep an eye on their finances with the same devotion they commit to keeping an eye on people donning a pair of binoculars...
  • samsneeze - September 18, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    Make mod for a game, become voice rallying. Seems legit.
  • Child Of Death - September 18, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    Im sure the Greeks will let them go so Im not too worried. Bohemia Interactive though needs get their fingers out of their asses and tell the government that they sent them there.
  • ParagonT - September 18, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    That may put any other developers careers at risk. Its best to deny it and try to get around it another way that's less detrimental to those who's life's work is at stake.
  • Apastron - September 21, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    I wouldn't be so confident. Some British plane spotters were held for about a year, and they were just looking at passenger planes. These two guys have gone even further and have been looking at military vehicles and equipment. Greece and Turkey aren't the best of friends, so Greece bring a gun to the fancy dress party when it comes to suspected spying.

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