‘What stage of capitalism is this?’: Netflix’s Squid Game Reality TV Show Gets Massive Backlash

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Squid Game was one of the most successful Netflix shows of all time, it was streamed by 111 million users in the first 28 days of its launch. The South Korean thriller was a huge hit and had a fascinating plot at the heart of it.


With Netflix facing strong competition from rivals, and a string of bad news, the streaming giant seems to have come up with a way to get ahead. Netflix is reportedly planning a real-life Squid Game-inspired reality TV show.



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Netflix Planning A Real Life Squid Game-Inspired Reality TV Show

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A still from Squid Game

While the streaming giant confirmed that the hit series would be renewed, it also announced that it is launching a game show inspired by it. Unlike the show, the game would of course not be a life and death gamble, but rather “the worst fate is going home empty-handed”. The show, Squid Game: The Challenge – would offer the “largest cast and lump cash prize in reality TV history”. The platform stated: “As [players] compete through a series of games inspired by the original show – plus surprising new additions – their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them,” 

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Squid Game, a still

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There would be 456 players in the contest for a prize of $4.56m. Requirements for participants include being at least 21 years old, must know how to speak English, and be available for up to 4 weeks in early 2023 for the filming of the show. The Director, writer, and executive producer of Squid Game Hwang Dong-hyuk made a statement earlier this week and said: “It took 12 years to bring the first season of Squid Game to life last year. But it took 12 days for Squid Game to become the most popular Netflix series ever.”

The distressed streaming giant is capitalizing on the fame and success of the super-hit show to improve its fortunes as it struggles to keep up in a much more competitive market


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The Show’s Announcement Got A Massive Backlash From Fans

It seems that many fans have an issue with the idea of the announced show.



Squid Game is available to stream on Netflix.

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