Where we dropping boys? Real-Life Battle Royale on a private island is coming
When someone reaches a point in their life where they have access to near limitless resources, it can go one of two ways. Either they stick to the mindset that got them to this position in the first place. The first: be economical, save for the future, shun frivolity and only spend within reason (completely unnecessarily of course, but there’s a reason the rich stay rich). The second is a little more juicy: all those odd little thoughts that everyone has throughout the day (throw your keys off the bridge, spend $700 on a Lego Millennium Falcon, start fasting for 20 hours a day) become frighteningly achievable. In essence they become Richie Rich; Kidapults, McDonalds in the mansion etc.
Most of the time it doesn’t affect us plebs, it’s all contained within the 1% bubble, and we don’t get to hear about it. However a recent flight of fancy did break into the news, due to a recruitment campaign for a specific type of “Gamemaker” was discovered. The campaign, created by a private investor, was being handled by hushhush.com (surprisingly, not a porn site), dubbed “Amazon for millionaires”. The successful candidate will earn around £45,000 for a 6-week commission (seems a little underpaid, and a little light on time).
The job? To create a real-life, 3-day, Battle Royale event on a private island, the procurement of which is also being handled by HushHush. Competitors will be equipped with Airsoft guns & ammo, and touch-sensitive body armour to monitor hits. The private facilitator of all this intends to also supply a £100,000 jackpot for the last person standing, with public applications to take part running towards the end of the year.
The deadline for applications has just passed on April 22nd, and those being considered will be notified by May 10th. All that remains now is to wait for more news, and even the application process when it comes out. That is, assuming in 6 weeks the organiser can:
Find and buy a suitable island.
Wire the entire island for audio & video.
Supply enough weapons, gear & food to make it survivable and fair.
Figure out how to drop everyone into the location they choose simultaneously.
Restrict the playable area of the island in a gradually shrinking circle that penalizes players’ health if they leave it, and give players live updates on the status of this circle.
Remove any potentially dangerous/edible animals from the island.
Build any necessary shelters/supply buildings.
Keep gatecrashers from landing on the island and interfering.
Do all of this while strictly adhering to human rights, animal rights, environmental rules, health & safety procedures AND still making it fun.
So, next time you’re buying an island for people to hunt each other on, maybe splash out a little more than £45,000 on the organisation.