Bohemia Interactive wants people to please stop using Arma 3 to create fake war footage

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  • November 29, 2022

Earlier this year, video clips of the Russian invasion of Ukraine were seen by more than 110,000 people (opens in new tab), and shared 25,000 times, before they were taken offline—because they weren’t actually clips of the invasion at all. Instead they were gameplay videos taken from Bohemia Interactive’s military sim Arma 3. It wasn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened, and apparently Bohemia has had enough, because today it issued an explainer aimed at helping people tell the fakes from the real thing.

“While it’s flattering that Arma 3 simulates modern war conflicts in such a realistic way, we are certainly not pleased that it can be mistaken for real-life combat footage and used as war propaganda,” PR manager Pavel Křižka said (opens in new tab). “It has happened in the past (Arma 3 videos allegedly depicted conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, and even between India and Pakistan), but nowadays this content has gained traction in regard to the current conflict in Ukraine.