Finally comes a reality show that deals with actual reality.
The upcoming Russian online reality TV series “Game2: Winter” will see thirty male and female contestants trying to survive nine months in 900 hectares of a remote forest within the Siberian tundra that’s a half-hour helicopter flight from the nearest civilisation. The winner takes a $1.6 million prize.
The brainchild of entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, what makes this different is that there’s not really a safety harness here. There’s not just the threat of -40° Celsius weather and wildlife like bears and wolves, all potential contestants reportedly must sign waivers acknowledging that they could be raped, maimed or killed.
That doesn’t mean this will become “The Purge” though as participants are warned that the police will come and take them away should they commit crimes as they’re still under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation. All contestants will have access to a panic button with a satellite connection in case they want out.
Contestants will receive survival training from Russia’s elite former GRU Spetznaz operatives. Contestants will be permitted knives, but no guns. Contestants have to be mentally sane and at least 18 years old.
Pyatkovsky said in an interview last month up to sixty applicants have applied for the series so far. Each week participants may request an item from viewers who will be able to donate money through the project’s website.
The online series will be screened 24/7 around the world from July 1st 2017 through to April 1st 2018. The series will air in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.