Want to Compete for $4.56 Million on Netflix's 'Squid Game' Game Show? Here's How

Netflix's 'Squid Game' reality show is here. Everything we know about 'Squid Game: The Challenge' and how to sign for the reality series.

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Nov. 29 2023, Updated 11:27 a.m. ET

Lee Jung-jae
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Lee Jung-jae

The Gist:

  • In November 2023, Netflix premiered a Squid Game reality show based on the Korean thriller-drama.
  • You can still sign up for future seasons of Squid Game: The Challenge.
  • The Squid Game reality show has some key differences from the original series.
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The Netflix original series Squid Game debuted in September of 2021 and took the world by storm. Many of us watched in awe (and horror) as Korean hopefuls risked their lives to gain financial freedom.

Following the premiere, it was unclear if the series would return for another round. But the platform revealed that we haven’t seen the last of Seong Ji-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae). In June 2022, it was announced that Squid Game would return to a small screen near you.

Additionally, you now have the opportunity to join in on the fun (?), as what was once a cautionary tale is actually a real thing.

Netflix created a reality game show based on the Korean sensation called Squid Game: The Challenge, which premiered in November 2023. Here’s how to sign up for your shot at the multi-million-dollar grand prize in future seasons.

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Here's everything we know about 'Squid Game: The Challenge’ and how to sign up.

Squid Game: The Challenge — was filmed in the U.K. Over the course of 10 episodes, 456 players compete in gruesome challenges with hopes of taking home a $4.56 million grand prize. When they're eliminated in competitions, an ink pack goes off on their chest so signal their "death" in the game. And there are eliminations in between games too, which are called "tests" for the players.

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In a statement per The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix’s vice president of unscripted and documentary series hinted ahead of the premiere that fans were in for a “fascinating and unpredictable journey.” And none of it would be possible without series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk.

“We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment,” Brandon Riegg said of the reality show.

With the announcement of the new series came an open casting call for willing participants. While Season 1 has already been filmed, chances are, there are more opportunities heading your way to participate in the game of a lifetime. Keep reading for details on how to sign up.

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Here’s how to sign up for the 'Squid Game' reality show.

No matter where you are in the world, you can join in on Squid Game: The Challenge, though all applicants must be able to speak and understand English fluently.

It’s likely that each game will mirror the challenges that we saw in the series. Luckily, no one will actually die. Instead, contestants will just be eliminated.

Head to SquidGameCasting.com for more information. While casting for Season 1 is closed, the website says, "You can still express interest in potential future seasons by registering below."

“Real-life players will be immersed in the iconic Squid Game universe and will never know what’s coming next,” the website notes. “Win or lose, all players will leave unscathed. But if you win, you win big!”

Squid Game: The Challenge is now streaming on Netflix.

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