Bohemia Interactive has a favor to ask. They’re hoping to get the two ArmA 3 devs who have been detained on charges of espionage in Greece back home as quickly as possible. And so are the fans, who have started a petition to have the developers released. BI is asking that the gaming community help by signing the petition.
A press release from Bohemia Interactive follows:
We’ve been gratified at the interest you have shown in our games and especially the attention garnered by the recent DayZ phenomenon.
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 and an on-going petition to raise voices in protest at the arrest and charges.
Buchta and Pezlar have been held by Greek authorities since September 9th on charges of spying. If the developers are convicted they face up to 20 years in jail. According to the developers they were on vacation in Greece and this is a “completely absurd misunderstanding that will certainly be quickly explained.”
In the meantime, it appears the gamer community is going to fight for the developers the only way we know how. With furious internet anger. Here’s hoping it works and the devs arrive home safely.
In the meantime, I would also suggest that anyone visiting foreign countries be careful about where they’re taking pictures – to avoid this kind of thing in the future.