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The winner stands to win $4.56 million

Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “Hey I could probably do that, and live!” while watching Squid Game? Well, you’re in luck.

Only a few days after promising a sequel to the original 2021 South Korean drama Squid Game, Netflix has revealed a reality series based on the same, albeit in a different medium. 

The streaming platform’s forthcoming reality game show, Squid Game: The Challenge, won’t be as twisted and sinister as the successful Korean dystopian show, but the victor will undoubtedly walk away with a substantial sum of money.

The Challenge will include 456 participants (like in the show) battling for a chance to win $4.56 million through a variety of games, although the streaming service stated that the show will not result in life or death. They also stated that the series will also have challenges in which players must build alliances and devise strategies to succeed.


What’s more, anyone is eligible to participate  in the games, as long as applicants are at least 21 years old, have a valid passport, speak English, and will be available for an “estimated” four-week filming period in the U.K. during early 2023, Netflix said.

Participants must make a one-minute video introducing themselves and outlining their “game plan,” as well as how they plan to spend any winnings.

Applicants for the games can formally register here.

In a statement, Netflix’s vice president of unscripted and documentary series, Brandon Riegg, said: “Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of tension and twists, with the biggest ever cash prize at the end.”

“The stakes are high, but in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed,” said Netflix.

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