Let the games begin! Deep in the Siberian forest, a movement is growing, a harsh struggle for survival beckons to those who would take the challenge – welcome to the real-life Russian Hunger Games!
This summer, the reality-TV show ‘Games2:Winter’ will hit screens in Russia, with millions of spectators set to follow 30 brave participants in a no-holds-barred survival contest staged in the Siberian wilderness.
Left to fend for themselves in the barren landscapes of Russia’s Novosibirsk Region, contestants will be dropped off in the bear-infested taiga forest in July 2017, with the goal of sticking out the harshest of conditions for a whopping nine months. The show’s creator Evgeniy Pyatkovskiy gave a chilling elaboration on the show’s concept from the depths of the Siberian forest, Monday, stating that “the show has no rules at all; the only rule is to survive."
And it is survival of the fittest, at their own risk. Participants have to sign a waiver exonerating the organizers of responsibility in case of rape or murder.
If the participants can hack the brutal Russian outback until April 2018, they have the chance of getting their hands on a share of the competition’s prize money – a massive €1.5million ($1.6 million).
Followed by some 2,000 fixed cameras, and broadcast live online 24/7, contestants must pay around €150,000 ($162,000) to enter the forest, and be deemed ‘mentally stable’ before being able to participate.
As Pyatkovskiy explained, perhaps the most shocking part of the competition is that “everything is allowed”. Showing “all the best and all the worst sides of a human nature," there is a strong potential that women and men could end up in hand-to-hand combat, according to one of future contestant Elena Zhernova who admits she would not back off.
Aside from the struggle of surviving off larvae, hunting animals with make-shift weapons, and outrunning bears, the only way that participants will be able to escape the forest is by hitting a panic button. They will be immediately evacuated and unable to return to the forest.
Despite the show strictly adhering to Russian law, the rules of human engagement will be stretched to the maximum over the gruelling nine months, with glamorous actresses, military men, and swimming instructors among the many set to battle it out to become millionaires. May the odds be in their favour, and for all those watching, let’s have a happy Games2:Winter.
SOT, Evgeniy Pyatkovskiy, Creator, Games2:Winter (Russian): "There are no rules to the show at all, the only rule is to survive."
SOT, Evgeniy Pyatkovskiy, Creator, Games2:Winter (Russian): "It will show how humans change outside of society. And it should show all the best and worst sides of human nature".
SOT, Evgeniy Pyatkovskiy, Creator, Games2:Winter (Russian): "Of course everything is possible, but we're against this. The helicopter takes a minimum of half an hour to fly to the area, and during this half of hour anything could happen, we could arrive to a dead body, not to a participant."
SOT, Elena Zhernova, Participant, Games2:Winter (Russian): "The most extreme thing that can take place is fighting between men, also possibly between women too."
SOT, Ruptly journalist (Russian): "But you will not participate"?
SOT, Elena Zhernova, Participant, Games2:Winter (Russian): "No, I could participate in this".
SOT Anton Marchenkov, Participant, Games2:Winter (Russian): "A man can run up to 40 km per hour, whilst a bear runs at 60 km per hour. So, a bear could catch you in two jumps. There is no point in trying to run from it, you need to show that you aren’t scared of it and not panic."
SOT Anton Marchenkov, Participant, Games2:Winter (Russian): "Larvae from bark, beetles are quite edible and quite tasty, if you roast them, they taste like sunflower seeds. Berries, mushrooms, small rodents, it is very easy to make traps to catch them."
SOT Anton Marchenkov, Participant, Games2:Winter (Russian): "In this situation, most of participants come to make money. So, they won’t care."
SOT, Roman Yants, Participant, Games2:Winter (Russian): "Kill animals with my bare hands and eat them!"
SOT, Vladimir Privalov, Participant, Games2:Winter (Russian): "I’m ready to do a lot for the sake of winning, like the rest of my opponents".
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