A show called ‘Game II: Winter’ is allegedly asking contestants to sign waivers that they could be raped or killed. Advertisements for the reality show have read “everything is allowed: fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”
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The show will feature 15 male and 15 female contestants who will have to persevere through the harsh weather conditions and fight against each other in order to win the $1.6 million prize.
The creator of the program, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, has said that he will “refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped.” However, program officials also stated that anyone that breaks the law would be subject to it.
The purpose of the waiver condition could merely be to attract attention, and not true at all.
The setting of the show is reminiscent of common dystopian world such as The Hunger Games or the TV series Black Mirror. This similarly has also raised the prospect that the show be scripted.
Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, creator of the show, is an entrepreneur who became successful after he created an app that could block calls from debt collectors. He told the news that 350 people have already come forward to participate in the show. He added the notion of everything being allowed including rape and murder was an exaggeration.
He said that precautions will be taken and that violence will not purposefully be fueled but the show will not be able to react to every incident. The rules of the game are that contestants are allowed knives only, and 220 pounds of equipment.
The contestants will initially receive survival training from former Spetsnaz operatives, Russia’s special forces, as they will have to survive the Siberian winter where temperatures can go as low as -40 F. Contestants can ask viewers online each week for an extra item, and viewers can respond by transferring funds to the program’s website.
The 2,200-acre game area reserved for the show will be covered by 2,000 cameras excluding the cameras that the contestants will have.
The show is remarkably similar to one called Siberia which was launch and quickly stopped by NBC in 2013. It also featured contestants who had to survive with the winner collecting $500,000.