Netflix’s “Squid Game” introduces competition show


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Carly S.

Netflix’s Squid Game, a Korean drama series, became a tremendous success upon its initial release on September 17th, 2021. The show revolves around protagonist Seong Gi-hun, a divorced father and obsessive gambler who is given the opportunity to participate in a series of children’s games for the chance to win a massive cash prize. Upon accepting the offer, he is taken to an unknown location along with 455 other players who are experiencing financial trouble. What the players don’t realize is that being “eliminated” from the game is actually a death sentence.

Exactly one year after the show’s release, Netflix announced that they are seeking 456 real-life players from around the world to participate in a new competition show in the making — Squid Game: The Challenge. Similar to the drama, players will compete in a series of games without knowing what is coming next — and no, those who are eliminated will not be harmed in any manner. The winner of the challenge will receive a grand prize of $4.56 million.

Turning one of the most successful Netflix dramas into a competition show was a brilliant idea. It will certainly be interesting to watch a large group of ordinary people compete for a life-changing prize.