It's nothing new to observe that any new reality TV show seems to be getting more and more extreme, but there is 'extreme' and then there is 'EXTREME', and that applies to the rules for a new Russian reality show, which will see contestants try to survive in the Siberian wilderness for nine months, sound like something from a dystopian sci-fi novel. Everything is allowed in the show, fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, and, um, smoking.
The new Siberian reality survival show, 'Game2: Winter' will involve 30 contestants being stranded in the Siberian taiga which is -40F (-40C) in winter. It's a desolate and dangerous place that's home to wolves and bears and the trials of the survivors will be streamed 24/7 with the winner getting a $1.6m prize.
"Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed,” reads an advert for the show. “2,000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”
Even though everything is allowed the show also warns those who might commit a crime, "'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." Contestants have to sign a waiver acknowledging that they might be raped or killed, and are also allowed to carry knives but not guns.
According to the Siberian Times they will receive training from former operatives of Russia's elite GRU Spetznaz, but after that will be on their own. This insane-sounding show is called Game2: Winter and Novosibirsk entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky is the brains behind it.
"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." Pyatkovsky said. "There have been no reality TV projects before 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. 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. Contestants must be at least 18 and 'mentally sane.'"
Anyone from across the world can participate and the broadcast will be translated into various international languages. The idea is to include 15 men and 15 women and to start broadcasting on 1 July 2017. To apply you can either pay 10 million roubles to become a participant, around $165,000, or upload a video (like the one above) and be voted for online by the public.
You can find out more on the project's Facebook, Twitter, and website.