The Pain Games is a morbid competition which takes place annually in the country of Panem. Every year, one boy and one girl between ages 12 and 18 is selected from each of the twelve districts as tributes, who prepare for a week and then go into an outdoor arena to fight to the death. If one tribute kills another tribute then their energy gets drained and they feel an equal amount of pain as the tribute they killed. The event is nationally televised as mandatory viewing for all citizens and the last living tribute is declared the victor.