Netflix Is Inviting Fans to Compete in a Real-Life “Squid Game”

Netflix Squid Game

Think you’ve got what it takes to play the “Squid Game”? Netflix is giving fans of the hit Korean series Squid Game a chance to prove themselves by hosting a reality TV show inspired by the survival drama.

On June 14, the streaming platform announced that they would be hosting “the biggest reality competition ever” at the Banff World Media Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And just like Squid Game, the show will have 456 contestants — which will be the largest cast in a reality competition to date — battling it out in a series of mind-boggling games to win the massive cash prize of $4.56 million (yeah, you heard us right!).

Before you panic and start to think the streaming giant will be knocking contestants to an early grave, let us just say that stakes aren’t life or death. Specific games haven’t been announced, but we are already wondering if the 10-episode series that will be “full of tension and twists,” will contain an IRL, non-fatal version of the Red Light, Green Light doll, tug-of-war match, and dalgona candy challenge. Since Squid Game season 2 is in the works, we hope to see some inspiration from the new episodes as well.

Looking to be a part of the few that will get to don a green tracksuit? Here’s how you can nab a spot in the competition:


Netflix is currently open to receiving applications for potential contestants from around the globe, as long as the applicants can speak and understand English, as directions for the games will be given in English over a loudspeaker. To apply, Netflix is asking that you submit a one-minute video explaining who you are, why you want to be a part of Squid Game: The Challenge, what your winning strategy would be, and what you would do with the historically-huge cash prize if you were to win. Participants must also be over 21 and able to commit to filming for four weeks in early 2023.

Since filming isn’t expected to begin until 2023, we suspect that the competition won’t hit our screens until late 2023 or early 2024. But fret not! Here’s a trailer for the new series to tide you over in the meantime:

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