This new TV reality show is an ultimate 9-month Siberian survival test stranded in remote taiga with bears and wolves in minus 40C winter. The show will be screened 24/7 around the world where 30 male and female contestants will seek to stay alive in wilderness. Organizers boast ‘everything is allowed’ including ‘rape’ and ‘murder’, but with a warning 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.’
The contestant will be given survival training from Russia’s elite former GRU Spetznaz operatives, but once they enter the show they will be on their own coping with temperatures ranging from 35 degree Celsius in high summer to minus 40 degree Celsius or lower in the depths of the Siberian winter.
So what is Game2: Winter?
The contest called ‘Game2: Winter’ is the brainchild of Novosibirsk entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky. He says, ‘There have been no reality TV projects before this, that stay on air 24/7. Probably all of you have watched the Lost TV series, but surviving in a tropical climate is quite different from trying to stay alive in the Siberian taiga – boreal forest – at minus 40 degrees Celsius.”
When asked about the concept of the show, he says ‘We will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped. ‘We will have nothing to do with this. This will be spelt out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show.’
The most interesting thing about the show is that there will be no filming crew, the whole area will be dotted with cameras and each participant will be carrying a portable camera with 7-hour life rechargeable battery.
Who can participate?
Anybody above 18 can participate in the game. He or she must be mentally sane. The aim of the show is to include 15 men and 15 women so people from all corners of the world will be allowed to participate. Participants can either pay 10 million roubles to take part or has to go for face selection by viewers in an online voting session. Due to start on 1 July 2017, the contestants will first receive training – and those brave enough to take part can either survive alone or join together into teams.
Yevgeny Pyatkovsky warns: ‘You should also keep in mind that this will be a real forest, with dangerous wildlife and harmful insects. Of course, there will be some safety precautions in place, but it would still take about half an hour to reach the area where the show will take place by helicopter.’
Target of the contestant
The target is to survive. All participants will have to sign release of liability for injury and death waivers. Each contestant will be permitted no more than 100 kilograms of equipment. The only weapons they can take will be knives: no guns. Each week participants may request some item from viewers who will be able to donate money for it via the project’s website. Purchased items will then be delivered to participants.
Producer Nikolay Ginzburg says: ‘It sounds strange, but on this project it will be easier to survive not for a professional rescuer but for a simple person. It will be necessary to act intuitively, rather than following instructions.Overall, the show promises to be international: five countries have already expressed the desire to broadcast it for their audiences.’
He stressed: ‘Participants will be taken to the taiga, and then they will have a choice. Ether to get out of there on their own, or to survive. The winner will get 100 million roubles’ – around $1.65 million. If there are more survivors, they will share the prize.’
Those who get into danger or cannot face the gruelling conditions can use a ‘panic button’ with a satellite connection. He promises they will be quickly rescued, and leave the show.
‘The show will absolutely extreme, there are no exceptions,’ he said. ‘There will be no doctors with the participants. If someone gets sick, wounded and realise that he/she can not pass the test, the helicopter will take him/her away to the doctors. Then the participant will quit the game forever.’
He has found a site – a reserve of 900 hectares in the taiga. It will be bristling with 2,000 cameras. And each contestant will have a camera to shoot in real time with a rechargeable battery. He is seeking permission for the contestants to be able to hunt on the territory. It will be broadcast online. But partners will be able to screen the adventure on mainstream TV, too. The show will be broadcasted in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. ‘This will be a very entertaining and educational project,’ promised Pyatkovsky. The project’s Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/371155916559851/