The Squid Game was a massive success for Netflix as viewers all over the world tuned it to watch a deadly tale written as an analogy of the capitalist system that grips the world. At a time when Netflix has been seriously struggling it is no surprise that the company is trying to capitalize on the global success of the show, but this current news may be a step too far. Netflix is going to host its own version of the deadly Squid Games and is actively looking for contestants who want to take place.
Netflix is on the hunt for 456 players to take place in an upcoming reality TV show called Squid Game: The Challenge. You might think you’d need to be mad to enter such a tournament but there is a whopping $4.56 million on offer to the contestants who will come out of the show successfully.
Contestants are welcome from all over the world with the shows website having separate links for US casting, UK casting, and Global casting. Fortunately, the official website seems to allay fears that contestants may actually die with the phrase: “The stakes are high, but in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed.” However, even though we are led to believe that no contestants will die while on the show, it would be naïve to the extreme to not expect the whole thing to be a deeply unpleasant experience.
With the show this new reality TV version is based on providing such a cutting commentary of capitalism, it is interesting to think about whether the games in this show will seek to offer any sort of political commentary too. Another interesting aspect from the show that could also show up is the idea of some of the guards having their own malicious purposes bubbling away in the background. This is certainly an interesting prospect that we will be tracking further.
In other Netflix news, we could be seeing ads landing on the streaming platform before winter.