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By The Siberian Times reporter
15 December 2016

These are the rules to new TV reality show, an ultimate 9-month Siberian survival test stranded in remote taiga with bears and wolves in minus 40C winter.

Their target: to survive until 1 April - but it will be no joke. Picture: Game2: Winter

The online project screened 24/7 around the world will see 30 male and female contestants seek to stay alive in wilderness populated with bears and wolves.

Organisers boast 'everything is allowed' including 'rape' and 'murder', but would-be  participants are nevertheless warned: '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 will be permitted knives, but no guns. 

They will be given survival training from Russia's elite former GRU Spetznaz operatives, but after that they will be on their own coping with temperatures ranging from 35C in high summer to minus 40C or lower in the depths of the Siberian winter. 

Evgeny Pyatkovsky

Novosibirsk entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, 35: 'There have been no reality TV projects before that stay on air 24/7.' Picture: Yevgeny Pyatkovsky

The contest called 'Game2: Winter' is the brainchild of Novosibirsk entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, who said: '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.'

He 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. 

Winter forest


Taiga

'You should also keep in mind that this will be a real forest, with dangerous wildlife and harmful insects.' Pictures: Game2: Winter, Vera Salnitskaya

'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', he said. 

People from all corners of the world will be allowed to participate and he promises broadcasts simultaneously translated in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. The aim is to include 15 men and 15 women. 

Participants can pay 10 million roubles to take part, around $165,000, or face selection by viewers in an online voting session. He believes it will attract 'rich and risky' people craving a new and ultimate challenge. 

Survive in Siberia


Survive in Siberia


Winter hut

Those taking part will be urged to forage and store food before winter in order to survive the cold months. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya, Timur Akhmetov

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. 

He warned: '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.'

Those taking part will be urged to forage and store food before winter in order to survive the cold months. In winter, contestants will need to catch fish through ice holes to feed themselves. 

Their target: to survive until 1 April - but it will be no joke. All participants will have to sign release of liability for injury and death waivers, he said. 

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.

Winter shed in a forest


Winter shed in a forest


Winter shed in a forest

'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.' Pictures: SternTrek

So far applicants include professional rescuers, people without special training, professional travellers, entrepreneurs, photographers, jewellers and psychologists.

Producer Nikolay Ginzburg said: '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.'

Pyatkovsky added: 'There were some applications from Chinese extreme travellers. He admitted there could be 'some difficulties' for foreigners because of the 'language barrier'.

'We are thinking about the organisation work by translators with participants. 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.'

Brown bear

The online project screened 24/7 around the world will see 30 male and female contestants seek to stay alive in wilderness populated with bears and wolves. Picture: Mikhail Korostelev

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.

'This will be a very entertaining and educational project,' promised Pyatkovsky. The project's Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/371155916559851/

Comments (36)

i want to know in which web page i can watch the games 2 winter reality, i looked everywhere and i found nothing more than reviews about the program
mateo piattelli, argentina
17/04/2017 01:28
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I am 19 year old from indian i want to participated this game2 winter show i am agree to all terms and conditions
Manish singh, Hryana india
20/03/2017 00:36
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Is it to late to sign up I am a Native American and would like to try it if you know where or how I can sign up please let me know if it's not to late lol
Peter Otto a.k.a Peter Onehorn , Cody USA
15/03/2017 15:01
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This is power Waaaawooo
Ask pladask, Sweden Göteborg
15/03/2017 06:09
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https://game2winter.ru/prinyat-uchastiye here you can sign up
Ghizlane Tallouka, Netherlands Rotterdam
10/03/2017 18:31
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Here are the simple cultural rules (7 of them) by which the Rus Vikings most likely lived in harmony with nature -- far from the insanity of civilization:



http://sortocracy.org/the-state-of-nature/



If at least one of the participants prints these 7 rules out and brings them with them, the experiment will have a much greater chance of succeeding.
James Bowery, Shenandoah, Iowa
10/03/2017 10:19
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As of this date I am one of the 30 participants going to Siberia in June this year. I too had second thoughts to the show at first but after reading up on the rules and getting some answers from the organizer I decided this is exactly what I am intended to take part in.

I am a Swedish adventure and mountaineering guide that runs a company that focuses on tailor made survival expeditions both in Sweden and around the world. I have chosen to participate in order to get more experience and to push myself beyond my own comfort zone. The prize money is not my first priority. If I win I have already declared that I will donate half my winnings to charity, so that's that.

I hope all of you reading this would like to consider voting for a Swedish Viking to take part in the gameshow. If so, enter my facebook page and follow the tutorial in there... https://www.facebook.com/MatsGoldbergAdventures/
Mats Goldberg, Älvdalen, Sweden
08/03/2017 15:14
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Doesn't sound much different than rural off grid life in here in Alaska, minus the murder/rape aspect. Give a few wealthy Mercedes owners a few hours of training and let the world wide Web watch them starveven and make fools of themselves. Hey between this and watching cnn fake news and America's political collapse I choose this reality Show! Hey 15 men and 15 woman and then air drop hillary Clinton in the mix and we can watch 30 hungry people hunt and spit roast her.
James Lawson, Alaska, USA
08/03/2017 10:53
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Y personas de otro pais puede participar y si se puede como?
Gabriel, Argentina bs as
15/02/2017 22:21
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Hi,

I am a social researcher and would like to do research on this particular reality show. If somebody can connect me with the producers of the show please send me an inbox on tdarshan@gmail.com.

Darshan
Darshan Ashwin Trivedi, Ahmedabad, India
31/01/2017 17:04
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I don't care to participate, I think this will be a crap-tackular version of any survival show or movie. For those brave souls who do decide to go forth in this venture, my stars be your guide. Your gonna need them.
gary b, U.S.
17/01/2017 18:53
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how do i participate? don't ask i just want to participate because i have a good chance of survival
Nushkii, Jordan
11/01/2017 01:17
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I want also be participants in this but I don't know how I will be participants in this ... and I belong to very poor family
Jitendra yadav , India varanasi
25/12/2016 18:18
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I do not think the people involved would explicitly encourage those crimes (to make such a statement to advertise this hoax/project is wrong, though) but at extreme conditions, with common people and with a 30 min ETA for help, those situations may happen, i read they would have Spetsnaz units watching them all the time, and i dont think they would allow someone to get murdered or raped by another participant, law is still enforced there. But shit happens.
Finally, that “shit happens” is what makes me uneasy. If you want to make a show about survival there are plenty other ways to do it, i guess. anyway, just an opinion.
John, Mx
23/12/2016 13:17
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Hey was wondering if people could point me to the signup direction. this seems very interesting as a survival aspect. was wondering where i approach to get myself a potential vote.
Christopher Ramsay, New Zealand
22/12/2016 04:17
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