Someone with a lot of money is trying to set up an actual battle royale event on a private island and has already put out a request for a gamemaker to help organise it.
According to the ad, which appears on “luxury shopping marketplace,” Hush Hush, the organiser is willing to pay someone £45,000 ($82,452 AUD) to help set up the three-day battle royale event. The contract is expected to last about six weeks.
“We were approached by one of our customers, who was on the lookout for a private island, for help in setting up the championship,” the ad reads. “We will also be handling registrations for the event when the time comes.”
For the uninitiated, battle royale is a game mode made popular by titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, Apex Legends, and more. In most iterations, up to 100 players dive into a map with a play area which decreases over time, herding them into a smaller and smaller space. The last player or team standing wins.
Of course, this unknown millionaire isn’t going to give 100 people a bunch of actual guns to shoot at each other with. Instead, the event will provide airsoft guns, which are kind of like paintball guns, but with less mess and pain, players say. Like your regular video game battle royale, the last person standing wins, and in this case, they win £100,000 ($140,351 AUD).
“The event is intended to last three days, with 12 hours of competition each day,” the description continues. “Competitors will then camp for the night. Food, camping gear and all the necessary equipment will be provided.”
“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,” Hush Hush founder, Aaron Harpin, adds. “If the championship is a success this year, it’s something he wants to make an annual event moving forward, which is very exciting!”
Australia is actually one of the only countries in the world where airsoft is banned. While airsoft markers are not technically guns, the issue comes down to how similar they look to real firearms, which means they’re treated like real firearms in the eyes of our legislation.
Cal, one of the founders of OZ1 – an Australian airsoft team which travels overseas to play – agrees that the sport is superior to paintball for a few reasons. “Airsoft is cheaper,” he told PEDESTRIAN.TV. “Some might disagree with me but I’d say airsoft shoots further, more accurately, and hurts way less.”
There’s a fairly active Aussie airsoft community fighting to legalise the sport, but until then, you’ll have to hit up events like old mate mystery millionaire’s island battle royale.