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Bohemia Interactive acknowledge Arma 3 footage is being used for war propaganda

Published: 13:31, 28 November 2022
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Arma 3 developer are flattered that their game simulates war conflicts but are not pleased when the videos are used for fake news
Arma 3 developer are flattered that their game simulates war conflicts but are not pleased when the videos are used for fake news

Bohemia Interactive, the developer of Arma 3, have said they are flattered that their game simulates modern war conflicts in realistic ways but are not pleased that it can be mistaken for rea-life combat footage.

It took a while but Bohemia Interactive have finally acknowledged that Arma 3 gameplay is being used for war propaganda and fake news articles and videos. The developer said in their latest blog post that such content has gained traction recently due to the current "conflict" in Ukraine.

Bohemia say they have been trying to fight against such content by flagging these videos to the respective platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter but found the process to be highly ineffective. 

So, to try and combat these videos more effectively, Bohemia are actively cooperating with media outlets and have released a video with typical features used in these fake videos.

Here is Bohemia Interactive's statement regarding Arma 3 footage being used for fake news:

"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. 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. 

We've been trying to fight against such content by flagging these videos to platform providers (FB, YT, TW, IG etc.), but it's very ineffective. With every video taken down, ten more are uploaded each day. We found the best way to tackle this is to actively cooperate with leading media outlets and fact-checkers (such as AFP, Reuters, and others), who have better reach and the capacity to fight the spreading of fake news footage effectively," says Pavel Křižka, PR Manager of Bohemia Interactive.

Bohemia Interactive Arma 3 screenshot showing tank and a soldier Arma 3 is one of the most realistic mil sims out there

The studio also asked the players and content creators who play Arma 3 to use their footage responsibly and refrain from using clickbait video titles and always make it clear when they're using a video that is from a video game.

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