An Unknown Millionaire Is Trying to Start A Real Life Hunger Games Battle Royale On A Private Island
What happens when you let a millionaire do whatever he wants on a private island? No, not Fyre Festival. Think more along the lines of a three-day Battle Royale where the last person standing wins over $100,200.
According to an add posted on Hush Hush—an online luxury marketplace— an anonymous millionaire is doing exactly that, extending an opportunity to a 'talented gamemaker' to build and design an arena for 45,000 pounds on a private island.
“If you’re a fan of last-person-standing movies and games, it’ll be a great opportunity to have a once in a lifetime experience and earn a significant amount of money. However, to get there, our concierge team needs some help to make it a reality. The first thing we need is a talented gamemaker to help us make the event as realistic as possible,” it reads on the site.
The three-day tournament draws inspiration from games like Fortnite, Call of Duty and the Hunger Games movies.
The game will take place within a selected area where up to 100 players will wallop each other until there's either one victor left alive or another who has accumulated the highest amount of points (kills). Whilst this may sound like a glorified paintball session the difference may lie within the duration of the tournament. Competitors will reportedly have to camp out for the night, where food and necessary camping gear will be provided. It's important to note that competitors won't be running around with real weapons. The event will call upon airsoft guns, which are banned in Australia but are less painful than paintballs (apparently).
Airsoft guns may not be guns, however, they look scarily similar to the real deal. 12 hours of gameplay a day is what's been proposed and for those who have played two hours of paintball will know it isn't a 'walk in the park'.
The three-day tournament will undoubtedly require an element of fitness and good health. When Aaron Harpin was questioned about the prospect of the idea he explained that, “Battle Royale games have become incredibly popular over the last few years and our customer is a huge fan who wants to make the game a reality in the safest way possible," adding “If the championship is a success this year, it’s something he wants to make an annual event moving forward, which is very exciting.”
Thile the winner of the bout will take home $100,200 and get to spend three days on a private island, we can't help but think this sounds scarily similar to that of the Fyre Festival. (Aka a bold idea incorporating a heap of money, a private island and a lot of variables that may or may not have been taken into account).
One thing is for sure, the idea sounds like every gamer's dream, but there's a reason we enjoy our games through a screen. If anything goes wrong, you're meters away from the fridge, an arm away from Doritos and seconds away from a re-spawn. Enter at you own risk.