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Could “Squid Game” Happen in Real Life?

The chilling premise of "Squid Game" taps into real societal fears of debt and desperation. While the show is fiction, it mirrors extreme scenarios where people are pushed to their limits. Such a game isn't a reality, but the social commentary is poignant. What does this say about our world? Join the conversation and share your thoughts on this gripping topic.

It took 12 years for the first season of Squid Game to make it to the world’s screens. But what a debut. The quirky South Korean drama that followed down-on-their-luck people competing for big bucks in a deadly series of children’s games went on to become Netflix’s most popular series of all time. It was streamed by 111 million users in its first 28 days on the network.

What’s next, you ask? Not content just to release another season of its smash-hit survival drama, Netflix is also recruiting participants for Squid Game: The Challenge, a 10-episode reality series based on the show.

Let's play:

  • Interested in taking part? Netflix is looking for 456 players (just like in the original show) from around the world to be part of the largest cast in reality show history. You must be at least 21 years old, speak English, and be available for up to four weeks of filming in early 2023.

  • Unlike the original, this is not a life-or-death competition, obviously. The players will compete in games where, Netflix says, “the worst fate is going home empty-handed,” missing out on a record $4.56 million USD prize.

  • Following last year's wildly successful first season, the second season of Squid Game has been announced, but it’s probably still a few years away. Given how the original show ended (we won't spoil it here), it’s likely to be completely different.

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    • Netflix is planning a reality show based on “Squid Game,” with similar challenges and a $4.56 million prize.
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      Netflix is planning a reality show based on “Squid Game,” with similar challenges and a $4.56 million prize.