Squid Game becomes reality as firm seeks people for contest inspired by show

Squid Game is about the become a reality as a firm seeks thousands of contestants for an event inspired by the hit Netflix series.

An Australian company has organised a competition called Squiz Gamez that will take place Down Under.

Organisers are looking for 2,000 people to compete against each other in four rounds, with 500 people per round.

They will undergo a series of challenges and if they fail them they will be 'eliminated.'

The firm insists the competition is a game of 'fun' and no-one will be executed if they fail to pass to the next round, as happens on the TV show.

The Korean survival drama has become one of the most talked about TV programmes of 2021.

The premise sees hundreds of debt-ridden contestants recruited to take part in a series of childhood games – each with a deadly twist – for a chance to win a big cash prize at the end.

For the real-life Squid Game would-be contestants need to buy a ticket for the competition in their city and wait until they get a calling card – similar to the one made famous by the TV show.

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Contestants will have to call the number for more instructions and those lucky to be chosen will travel to an arena or stadium to start the games.

The winner of each round will be guaranteed a spot in the final and those contestants will go head-to-head for a chance to win a big sum of money.

The last person standing will win a "life-changing cash prize" and get driven home in a stretch limousine with seven of their friends.

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Squid Game is officially Netflix's most popular series launch ever, reaching well over 100 million viewers.

It is estimated to be worth $900 million (£652 million) while it cost just $21.3 million (£15.44 million) to produce.

The show has been a huge hit since it was released on the streaming platform on September 17, with Netflix boss Ted Sarandos saying there was a "very good chance" the show would become their most-watched TV show of all time.

But there has been some controversy about children as young as six "replicating the games" in the school playground.

It has led to Central Bedfordshire Council and various schools to urge parents to ban it.

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