Why play Fortnite when you can go to a private island and be sniped in the forehead by a pharma bro holding a laser-scoped airsoft gun? That’s the question some very wealthy person is seeking to answer by putting a proposition for a real-life Battle Royale competition on a luxury online marketplace called Hush Hush, IGN reports. The posh shopping site, which sells things like $ 71,000 watches and $ 64 million private jets, published the request from an anonymous person recently, with the headline, “Can you help design a battle royale-inspired arena for a ‘last person standing’ contest.”
To get that arena built, Hush Hush is seeking a “talented gamemaker” to help design the 100-person airsoft shootout, which kind of sounds like Fyre Festival but for coldblooded killers. Its “customer” needs a private island and approached Hush Hush to help with organizing the three-day-event. The site says there will be “12 hours of competition each day,” and that food, camping gear, ammunition, and all the other “necessary equipment” will be provided—that allegedly includes “touch-sensitive body armor.” The “last person standing” will win a £100,000 jackpot, which in American dollars comes out to about $ 130,000.
Hey, you have to admit, with my student loan debt, maybe contracting heat exhaustion and gangrene of the genitals on a rich person’s (non-lethal) murder island could actually be worth it.
The Battle Royale phenomenon is overtaking pop culture. First we had the Japanese novel Battle Royale about a group of junior high school students forced to fight to the death. Then it became a beloved manga and cult feature film in 2000 by the same name (Quentin Tarantino notably loved it). That movie inspired troves of Last Man Standing stories, perhaps most significantly the smash franchise The Hunger Games. Eventually, Battle Royales bled into video games, with titles like PUBG, Fortnite, and most recently, Apex Legends quickly captivating gigantic proportions of the gaming community. Now that Fortnite is the biggest video game ever—with over 200 million registered users killing each other and floss-dancing online 24/7—it comes as no surprise that this Hush Hush event might happen.
Who knows? We could soon be seeing everyone from your conspiracy theorist uncle to your professional gamer roommate suiting up for this exclusive event to do Battle Royale in the biggest arena of them all: real life.