The Korean series that took the world by storm last year aka Squid Game has definitively inspired and motivated the masses to make the reel world as real as possible. With just a season to its name, the Netflix series now also boasts of a reality game show with a prize money pot to be won at the end. The game, as entertaining as it might be to those willingly participating in it, has racked up numerous hostile responses due to its unsavory link to the gruesome series and its violence.
Netflix Launches Squid Game: The Challenge Into the World
The reality competition hosted, organized, and supervised by the biggest streaming platform in the world is now making waves for drawing in pools of competitors across the world. The game primarily takes in applicants in three categories: US Casting (Circle), UK Casting (Triangle), and Global Casting (Square). 456 players will take part in the game and the winner will take home $4.56 million.
Once you click on the applicable category, the Squid Game Casting page redirects you to the registration link where Netflix offers the participants an overview of what the game holds for its players. The applicant is further required to upload a 60-second video where he/she/they will need to talk about themselves, why they want to participate in Squid Game: The Challenge, and what they would do with the prize money if they won. Upon entry, the registration page reads:
“You’ve seen the drama, now it’s your chance to take part in Netflix’s biggest ever social experiment! This supersized unscripted show turns the scripted world of the drama into reality. Real-life players will be immersed in the iconic Squid Game universe and will never know what’s coming next. Here they’ll compete in a series of heart-stopping games in order to become the sole survivor* and walk away with a life-changing cash prize.
With a fortune up for grabs, who will be an ally, who will you trust, and who will you betray in this ultimate test of character?
*Please note: Win or lose, all players will leave unscathed. But if you win, you win big!”
Netflix Reality Competition Draws Massive Online Backlash
With Squid Game: The Challenge now a matter of contention, the internet has broken out in a fracas over the extent of what the game entails. The series, as popular as it might be, has influenced the world’s largest streaming platform into staging a competition and players that are driven by a prize pool of millions of dollars. Several people are now wary about the prospect of having a reality competition whose genesis is ingrained in a show whose inherent subject themes were violence and death.
A final casting call for the reality competition series ‘SQUID GAME: THE CHALLENGE’ is now open.
456 players will compete for $4.56 million by going through various challenges inspired by the series.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) September 17, 2022
missed the whole point of the show
— guac (@eshpirulai) September 17, 2022
Of course no one understood the point of the show
— Joshua K (@joshua_k98) September 17, 2022
still missed the whole point of the show
— Dooter (@Dooter18769429) September 17, 2022
isn’t this what the show was about?
— gadget (@gadgetszs) September 17, 2022
The original horror-fiction survival-thriller drama was penned by Hwang Dong-hyuk and currently holds a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Squid Game is now available for streaming on Netflix.