Squid Game-inspired reality competition programme available on Netflix in November

Squid Game: The Challenge offers 4.56 million USD as the cash prize, the largest reality TV prize to date.

Zhuo Jia Wen

| September 25, 2023
Squid Game: The Challenge
A production still image from Squid Game: The Challenge. Photo: Netflix

Fan-favourite programme Squid Game is back. But in a different manner this time around.

Instead of a fictional series where hundreds of contestants fight through challenges amidst various side plots, the game is real this time.

A new Squid Game-inspired reality competition programme will arrive on Netflix come November.

Titled Squid Game: The Challenge, it will see 456 contestants, just like the fictional series, coming together and competing for a cash prize.

The total prize amounts to 4.56 million USD (approx. S$ 6.2 million). It is also the largest cash prize to date, as far as reality TV programmes are concerned.

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In the show, it will push participants into a series of games which require them to form opportunistic alliances. And take on harsh strategies, with occasional timely betrayal.

The original fictional series included games that were very high-risk, like doing hopscotch on a suspended bridge. It’s likely that the reality programme will scale things down slightly, yet preserve the essence of the game.

Squid Game (2021) revolved around 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial hardship. They risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games for the chance to win a ₩45.6 billion prize.

Squid Game
Game players battle it out in an uninhabited island for the prize money. Photo: Netflix

The nine-part series starred Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Jung Ho-yeon and Wi Ha-joon.

In other Squid Game news, the widely adored series will be renewed for a second season. The upcoming season will star protagonist Lee Jung-jae, along with new faces like Im Si-wan, Kang Ha-neul and more.


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