A Reality Competition Game Imitating The Original ‘Squid Game’ Series For a Big Prize Ended Up With a Larger Physical Cost
Unforeseen Consequences of Participation
Squid Game: The Challenge, inspired by the original series Squid Game, allowed real-life contestants to compete for a large cash prize. During filming, contestants have recently been reporting injuries during the production of the show. What are these injuries, and what do critics have to say about them?
Inspired By A Fan Favorite
The original Squid Game series released its first episode on September 17, 2021, featuring Lee Jung-jae, Jung Ho-yeon, and Park Hae-soo. Variety says that the series took the charts by storm within its first moments of release, gathering 1.56 billion hours of viewing in 28 days and attracting fans from around the world. The game within the series consisted of hundreds of contestants competing for a cash prize, aiming to survive through a sequence of life-threatening tasks before concluding with a single victor. The show centered around Seong Gi-hun (performed by Lee Jung-Jae), a gambler and divorced father stuck in debt and invited to compete in the cash-prize tournament. He accepts an invitation to play the game by a stranger at the beginning of the series, and 455 other players do the same- unaware that virtually all of them will die in the conquest for monetary victory and survival.
The Challenge: An Overview
Squid Game: The Challenge features ten episodes based on the Squid Game show itself. Like the original, 465 players competed against each other for a 4.56 million dollar cash prize- the largest game-show prize in history. The games include Red Light, Green Light, Dalgona, Warship, Marbles, and more, eliminating players ranging from 2 to over 200. The first five episodes were released on November 22, 2023. The following four will be released on November 29, 2023, and the last will be released on December 6, 2023.
A Prize At A Cost
It has recently been reported that letters of claim have been sent to Studio Lambert, the show’s co-producer, about the injuries being dealt with by production and the injured contestant’s desire to receive subsequent financial compensation. Multiple sources from contestants asserted that there were “poor health and safety standards on set.” It was said to have occurred during filming in January of 2023, and according to the law firm dealing with the situation, various other participants are even planning on filing lawsuits. However, according to a spokesperson for the series and their statement to EW, “No lawsuit has been filed by any of the Squid Game contestants. We take the welfare of our contestants extremely seriously.”
The first lawsuit was said to be during the “Red Light, Green Light” challenge where conditions were utterly cold as well as tense due to competitiveness. According to an interaction from a participant with the U.K. Sun, one player even had to be carried out onto a stretcher. The chilling conditions were said to be due to the location of Cardington Studios, in Bedfordshire, U.K., last January.
An Uncertain Legal Future
It is unsure whether the lawsuits will proceed and how the claims will be handled. However, it is for sure that contestants had absolutely no idea of the conditions they would encounter during the production of the show.
There was clearly a large amount of money for the victor of Squid Game: The Challenge, but was the possibility of monetary gain worth the ultimate physical cost?
Squid Game: The Challenge can be watched on Netflix.
Squid Game: The Challenge (2023) Official Netflix Trailer