Netflix’s Squid Game: The Challenge arrives next month

  • Netflix’s real-life version of its hit show Squid Game, arrives on 22nd November.
  • Squid Game: The Challenge will have a grand prize of $4.56 million that 456 contestants will compete for.
  • Contestants won’t be shuffled off of their mortal coil and instead will be eliminated with an exploding paint device.

Whether it was the pandemic or the visceral violence of the show, Squid Game captured the attention of the world in 2021. The Netflix Original series spanned nine episodes with each episode ramping up the spectacle and brutality.

Following the show’s success there were many discussions about the themes of the show including how poverty is exploited by the rich for entertainment. However, it seems many folks missed that particular conversation given how the show served as inspiration for real-life Squid Game knock-offs.

Now, Netflix is getting in on the action with Squid Game: The Challenge.

Much like the show it’s based on, 456 contestants will compete for a grand prize which here is $4.56 million. The prize pool in the game was 45.6 billion Won which translates into $33 million. Rather weak from the company that created the show it’s basing the game show on.

Unlike the show, Squid Game: The Challenge won’t see contestants being shuffled off of their mortal coil when eliminated. Instead, Netflix appears to have opted for a similar technique to that employed by MrBeast where contestants are fitted with a device that ejects paint when the contestant is eliminated.

“As they 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,” Netflix wrote in a press release.

The show will run for 10 episodes and the production companies behind it are Studio Lambert and The Garden.

The show arrives on Netflix on 22nd November globally and while we’re intrigued we’re curious to see how the production houses and Netflix manage 456 people without those people falling ill, getting seriously injured or some other controversy popping up after the credits roll.


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