If you thought that the battles at the heart of #TheHungerGames would remain safely in the realms of fiction, think again. A Russian TV show is gearing up to crank the meaning of reality TV up a notch in a show called Game 2: Winter, in which 30 brave contestants will be stranded in a -40F Siberian wilderness for nine months.
The winner of the harsh ordeal, which will stream 24/7 online, will apparently receive $1.6 million in prize money. However, to make matters worse, this will be a reality TV world where crimes will be allowed. According to the show's advert:
"Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed. 2000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”
Somehow I don't think 'smoking' is quite up there with 'murder' and 'rape,' but there you go – these are the rules.
Apparently, contestants will have to sign a waiver acknowledging that all of the above might happen. Despite this though, the Russian police will still arrest anyone who commits such heinous crimes while on Game 2: Winter – they're not heathens over there, you know.
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The rules state that:
"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.”
So with that in mind, contestants located in a landscape where bears and wolves roam free and although the use of knives will be permitted, guns won't. Oh, and you have to be "mentally sane" participate.
As for where you can catch this extraordinary reality TV show, the brainchild behind the whole thing, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, is adamant that:
“The show promises to be international. Five countries have already expressed the desire to broadcast it for their audiences.”
Whether or not the U.S. is one of them is yet to be determined, but we do know that Game 2: Winter is set to begin on July 1, 2017. Let the games begin!
Would you watch Game 2: Winter?