Netflix announces real-life ‘Squid Game’ competition series with $4.56 million cash prize

Squid Game

The most-watched series, “Squid Game” is no longer a fictitious Netflix show rather it is going to be the biggest reality competition ever called “Squid Game: The Challenge”.

Recently, Netflix has claimed that, unlike the series where the stakes are life or death, the worst possible fate in this 456-player competition will be leaving without the $4.56 million winnings, which Netflix claims are the largest lump sum prize in reality TV history.

Squid Game is Netflix’s most-watched series and is a South Korean survival drama television series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk for Netflix. It was released in September 2021 as it told the story of cash-strapped contestants who play childhood games for a chance to win life-changing sums of money. The series revolves around a contest where 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial hardship, risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games for the chance to win a US$38 million prize.

Read more: What’s the Korean show Squid Game, and what accounts for its insane popularity?

As it is the most-watched series, it became the top-viewed program in 94 countries and attracted more than 142 million member households and amassing 1.65 billion viewing hours during its first four weeks from launch, surpassing Bridgerton for the title of the most-watched show. The series has also received numerous awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

According to Netflix, the first season holds the record as Netflix’s most popular series of all time, with over 1.65 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days. The 10-episode reality competition will include games inspired by the original show, as well as new additions.

This reality show will be filmed in the UK and is currently only casting English speakers. The announcement comes just days after the scripted series was renewed for a second season.

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