Russian Reality Show is Like a Real Life Hunger Games

‘Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.’

A direct quote from “Game2: Winter” producer, entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky.

The reality show is a 9 month (YES 9 month) survival contest staged in the Russian wilderness of Siberia.  Winter temperatures can drop as low as -40C and then there’s  hungry bears and wolves to contend with as well.

There will be NO camera crew just a network of 2000 stationary cameras staged throughout a 900 hectares in the Siberian taiga.  Contestants will also be given body cameras.

The show is aiming for 30 contestants (15 men and 15 women) who will be, briefly, trained in survival skills by former GRU Spetznaz operatives before being set off on the own to survive what sounds like a twisted mix of the Hunger Games and the Running Man.

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Although Pyatkovsky says ‘Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything’, he does concede that the contestants are still under Russian law and will be prosecuted as such for crimes committed while on the show.  It’s just that the show is not taking any responsibility for said crimes (all contestants must sign a waiver to that effect), and crime wouldn’t in and of itself disqualify a contestant from winning.  Basically, the only rule is survival.

Contestants are allowed 100kg of gear and knives for weapons (no guns) and are free to try to survive alone or team up with other contestants for 24/7 reality show.  That’s right, the producers envision the show being translated into several languages and available for viewing NON-STOP.

Although contestants can hit a “panic button” to be rescued and and quit the competition, there are no producers on site and any medical help is over 30 minutes away by helicopter.

Anyone left alive after the 9 months will split the 10 million rubles prize money (about 1.65 million US dollars).

Oddly enough, applicants have already been pouring in from around the world for the July 1, 2017 start date.  Sick, right?

Original article: The Siberian Times

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