Game2: Winter

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Game2: Winter
Game2Winter logo.jpeg
Created byYevgeny Pyatkovsky
Developed byNatalia Sharonova
StarringOksana Shiganova
Irina Agisheva
Natalya Korneva
Theme music composerStanislav Koksharov
Opening theme"Main Theme"
Composer(s)Stanislav Koksharov
Country of originRussia
Original language(s)Russian, English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Arabic[1]
Executive producer(s)Yevgeny Pyatkovsky
Producer(s)Nikolay Ginzburg
Natalia Sharonova
Maria Kazantseva
Production location(s)Ob River region, Western Siberia, Russia[2]
Camera setup2000 fixed cameras
Running time24/7[3]
Original releaseCancelled (Cancelled)
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Game2: Winter (Russian: Гаме2Винтер) was a social experiment and media stunt promoted as a Russian survival reality television program produced by Novosibirsk entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky that was set to premiere in July 2017.[4] The show caught the attention of the press when the show stated that its rules would allow crimes such as rape and murder which sparked outrage online.[5][6][7] The show has been compared to a "real-life Hunger Games".[2][8][9]

The project was revealed to be a social experiment[10] used for marketing research purposes on 31 May 2017.[11]


30 participants, half men and half women, were expected to compete on a remote Siberian island in the Ob River for a 100 million rouble ($1.7 million) prize on a nine month survival mission. All contestants were said to have signed death waivers and agreed not to hold the organisers accountable for criminal activity.[12]

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 spelled out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show. We will not intervene into relations between participants nor monitor their sexual life either, and our cameras will not be able to follow every move in every corner of the island.

— Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, executive producer

However, Snopes found that 'Despite multiple misleading headlines, the waiver described by news outlets explicitly stated that contestants on the show would be obliged to "obey the laws of the Russian Federation".'[13]



The production's home base was in Western Siberia, with the Ob River area proposed as the main filming location.

Casting call[edit]

On November 16, 2016, the production team posted a casting call via their VK account. Registration was closed on April 18, 2017 with over 340 applications.

As of May 2017, 120 people had qualified for runoff voting. The 30 finalists were set to be revealed that June.[14]


According to The Guardian, "five countries have already expressed the desire to broadcast [the show] for their audiences".[4]


  1. ^ "O нас". Game2:Winter (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  2. ^ a b "'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia". The Siberian Times. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  3. ^ Taylor, Adam (2016-12-16). "A new Siberian reality show says murder and rape are acceptable". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  4. ^ a b Lee, Benjamin (2016-12-15). "Russian reality TV show Game2: Winter to 'allow' rape and murder in Siberia". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  5. ^ "Правила Game2: Winter". Game2:Winter (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  6. ^ Bulman, May (2016-12-16). "A 'Hunger Games' style Russian reality show will allow 'murder, rape, anything'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  7. ^ Stewart, Will (2016-12-16). "Sick rules for new Russian reality TV show". Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  8. ^ Perez, Chris (2017-03-09). "A real-life 'Hunger Games' is coming to Russia". New York Post. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  9. ^ "Russia does the Hunger Games for real in Siberia but no guns are allowed". BBC News. 2016-12-15. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  10. ^ "Реалити-шоу по мотивам «Голодных игр», в котором должен был принять участие воронежец, оказалось фейком". (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  11. ^ "Anger as controversial Siberian 'Hunger Games' creator claims his idea was a 'fake'". Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  12. ^ Taylor, Alex (2017-03-11). "Siberian real-life Hunger Games will 'not stop' rape or murder in fight for $1.7m prize". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  13. ^ LaCapria, Kim (December 16, 2016). "Russian Reality Show 'Game2: Winter' Allows Rape, Murder?". Snopes.
  14. ^ "Второй этап". Game2:Winter (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-05-07.

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