Netflix Looking for 456 Players for “Squid Game” Reality Show

A man participates in a Netflix series ‘Squid Game’ mission at a department store in Bangkok, Thailand
Image Credit: REUTERS via Thai PBS World

Just  days after its announcement on June 12 that “Squid Game” will be renewed for a second season, Netflix revealed that it is turning its most popular series of all time into a reality show, and is currently accepting applicants to be one of the 456 players.

Titled “Squid Game: The Challenge”, the social experiment is set to have the largest lump sum cash prize in reality TV history, with $4.56 million at stake (around PHP240 million).

During the 10-episode show, players will see themselves competing in a series of games inspired by the original drama plus surprising new additions.

The stakes are high, but interested applicants need not worry for their lives, as Netflix promises that “Win or lose, all players will leave unscathed. But if you win, you win big!”.

It also added that the worst fate a player can suffer – aside from the anxiety brought about by the heart-stopping games – is going home empty-handed.

Recruitment is now open at for US, UK, and Global applicants.

Some of the applicant requirements include:

  • Must be able to speak English well
  • Currently or will be at least 21 years old at the time of applying
  • Must be available to take part in the program (in the UK) for up to 4 weeks currently anticipated to be in early 2023
  • Must hold a valid passport for the whole period of filming if selected and have the right to and be able to travel to all locations as specified
  • Not employed or engaged and have not been previously employed or engaged by any company within the All3 Media Group and/or Netflix and not an immediate relative of an employee of or worker for any company within the All3 Media Group and/or Netflix.

Squid Game took the world by storm with Director Hwang’s captivating story and iconic imagery. We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment,” said Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series.

“Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of tension and twists, with the biggest ever cash prize at the end,”  Riegg added.

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