Netflix launches ‘Squid Game’ reality show, with 456 people vying for $4.56 million

456 players entered the competition, competing for a prize of $4.56 million. The process of competition will test players' strategies, alliances and characters, and surrounding competitors will also be eliminated. Does this setting sound familiar? That's right, this big game is related to the hit series "Squid Game".

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This reality show, called "Squid Game: The Challenge" ("Squid Game: Challenge"), can be seen from the name that it is related to the show that can be called a global phenomenon. In fact, this is what Netflix started from. It was curated last year by taking inspiration from the company's hugely popular original series "The Squid Game."

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Judging from the information released by Netflix, the content setting of this competitive show will have a series of games inspired by the original series, as well as surprising new content. Of course, this is just a reality show, and even if it loses the competition, the worst result is nothing but a home empty-handed.

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The 10-episode competition show is co-produced by ITV Studios' Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E) and will be filmed in the UK.

While Netflix has not revealed when the show will premiere, it has begun recruiting contestants, and English speakers from anywhere in the world can sign up through the website SquidGameCasting.com.

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Brandon Riegg, vice president of Netflix, said: "The Squid Game has taken the world by storm with director Hwang's compelling story and iconic graphics. Thanks to his support, we turn fictional worlds into a massive competition and social experiment. reality."

However, this is actually not the first time the world in the "Squid Game" series has come to life. In November 2021, YouTube channel "MrBeast" posted a video titled "$456,000 Squid Game In Real Life!"

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In the video, it is a reproduction of this YouTube channel modeled on "Squid Game". The settings of clothing, game links, etc. are almost the same as those in the play. 456 people were also invited to participate, but the prize money was 4.56 billion US dollars.

After the video was released, the response was very enthusiastic, but the cost of this video was not low. The cost of more than 20 minutes of video is as high as 3.5 million US dollars, which is evenly divided by time, which is higher than the shooting cost of the original drama "Squid Game".

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But this is actually a project sponsored by mobile game company Brawl Stars, and the brand's implantation also appeared in the video. Although the cost is on the high side, the number of views that have exceeded 200 million can be considered to have achieved the purpose of video production.

Brandon Riegg also said, "With 456 real-world contestants taking part in the largest competition series ever, fans of the show will embark on an engaging and unpredictable journey that will culminate in the largest cash prize ever."

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In terms of the number of participants and rewards for a single-season program, Netflix's "Squid Game: The Challenge" can indeed be regarded as the "biggest reality show series of all time", but to look at the number of participants in the competition, it is still CBS (CBS) in the United States. Company) produced the reality show "Survivor" (Survivor) even better.

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Unlike Netflix's show, "Survivor", which premiered in 2000, is also a survival show, but it's "wilderness survival." The competition of 16-20 contestants is only on uninhabited islands or deserts. The contestants must not only survive in the natural environment, but also survive in the competition of the show. The final winner will receive a prize of $1 million.

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Not long ago, Netflix announced the renewal of the second season of "The Squid Game", and this show may be to promote and attract heat for the second season episodes. Regardless of the purpose, just like the classic line in the play: "It is absolutely impossible to be more interesting to watch than to be there." Have fun after the show.

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