As is being reported worldwide, Game 2: Winter is a controversial Russian reality-TV competition that’s supposedly set to deposit 15 men and 15 women in the frozen wilderness of Siberia, where they will compete to survive and to take home a $1.6 million prize.
According to a press release, the show will air live online 24 hours a day and literally anything goes in pursuit of victory.
One ad claims, “Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed. Everything is allowed: fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”
The premise sounds like a real-life version of The Hunger Games, but Yevgeny Pyatkovsky — the 35-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur who created Game 2 — insists that players won’t actually be “encouraged” to harm one another. Still, it just might … happen.
Pyatkovsky said, “We will take every precautions, but we won’t be able to immediately react to every incident… It’s all about survival, it will be a large and diverse group of people, and everything could happen within it, including violence.”
About 2,000 cameras will be in place capturing every move of the nearly 2,200 acres designated for the show. Participants will have to ward off wolves, bears, intense climate challenges, and other dire threats.
The show is set to air in July and will go through the coldest months in the Siberian environment, where temperatures can plunge to 40 degrees below zero. Contestants can reportedly pack 220 pounds of supplies and can carry knives, but not guns.
Although producers will supposedly “allow” crimes to be committed, Russian police reportedly said they will respond and fully enforce the law against violators.
If the possibility of all this sounds questionable, Vulture.com has already expressed skepticism and done some research. The site reports:
Searches for the names of both the show’s creator and one of its producers quoted in the Sputnik and the Siberian Times source articles came up empty, and both sites are not exactly beacons of journalistic integrity (Sputnik has published Russian propaganda, while the Siberian Times is covering the supposed reappearance of the Yeti). So it’s either the end of times in Russia, or fake news has fooled us again.
Regardless, interested parties can follow Game 2 updates on the show’s Facebook page.
Main photo: Game 2 promo image [Facebook]