What could go wrong here? Netflix is staging a real-life Squid Game series they are calling “the biggest reality competition ever.” Before you get all nervous, it won’t be deathy. Squid Game: The Challenge will have 456 players competing in a series of games for the chance to win $4.56 million. Netflix claims the payout is the largest lump-sum cash prize in TV history (though Fox’s X Factor has previously given out recording contracts worth $5 million), and that the show likewise also sport the largest competition series cast ever assembled.
The series will play out over 10 episodes. Squid Game told the story of a divorced father and gambler who enters a secret competition where 456 players compete in playground games such as tug of war. The losers of each round are executed until just one remains.