If you’ve ever watched The Hunger Games and thought to yourself, “Hmm… we need this kind of thing in real life”, don’t worry, Russia’s got your back.
A new show, called Game2: Winter, set in the Siberian wilderness, promises a showdown where contestants follow rules that state: “Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.” The show will feature 30 contestants, who must all be over 18 and ‘mentally sane’. Each contestant will be given knives to hunt and fish for food, and it will mostly be a survival show. Contestants are supposedly more likely to freeze to death in the nine months they compete, though, than be murdered. Each will pay around £132,000 to take part in a chance to win the £1.3million prize. Some will be selected in an online poll and take part for free.
The show is the brainchild of 35-year-old Russian millionaire Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, and will pit men and women against each other. The show has warned that laws do still apply if anyone does commit murder: “You must understand that the police will come and take you away. We are on the territory of Russia, and obey the laws of the Russian Federation.” Contestants can also choose to team up with one another, or try and go it alone. They’ll also be allowed to request items from viewers each week, who can then donate money for it via the website.
Pyatkovsky said, “There will be no filming crew: the whole area will be dotted with cameras and each participant will be carrying a portable camera with 7-hour life rechargeable battery.”
Game2: Winter is due to start July 1, 2017.