Netflix Squid Game Reality Show contestants say the show was rigged

A screenshot of Hoyeon as Kang Sae-byeok from Squid Game.

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Remember when we all came up with the idea of ​​making Netflix Squid Game in a real-world reality show was a bad idea? It turns out we were right, as a number of contestants are suing the Netflix-produced reality show over unsafe working conditions, trauma and entering an allegedly rigged competition. The Squid Game The reality show just started filming last Monday.

Originally reported by Rolling Stonefour former participants of Netflix Squid Game: The Challenge claim that the streamer and its co-production studios Studio Lambert and The Garden subjected them to inhumane working conditions. Squid Game: The Challenge was originally announced in June last year following the success of the mega-popular Korean drama, which racked up 1.65 billion hours of views in the first 28 days on the streamer. In it, 456 players competed in recreations of the show’s popular games like “Red Light, Green Light” for a chance to win $4.56 million.


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“All of the anguish and trauma that we experienced was not due to the game or the severity of the game,” said a former contestant Rolling Stone. “It was the incompetences of size — they bit off more than they could chew.”

According to previous reports by IndieWire, 10 contestants required medical attention for injuries they sustained while filming the reality show, most notably pneumonia, a herniated disc, a ruptured knee tendon and an ear infection. Accordingly IndieWireHer contestants were asked to stand still while playing “red light, green light” at 26° Fahrenheit (-3° Celsius) weather in 30-minute increments during a nine-hour shooting session.

At the time, a Netflix representative told IndieWire that it had “invested in all appropriate safety procedures” to ensure the health and safety of its cast and crew members were maintained.

“Although it was very cold on set – and the attendees were prepared for it – any claims of serious injury are false,” the Netflix rep said IndieWire.

Another complaint claims so Squid Game: The Challenge was manipulated. Accordingly Rolling Stonee, numerous contestants of the reality show, some of whom were Instagram and TikTok influencers, were written to advance to the next round of the competition, regardless of whether they completed a game or not, to increase fascination with to artificially intensify on-screen storylines.

“The funny thing is that the main theme of the original was equality and fairness Squid Game‘ said a former competitor Rolling Stone.

In an incident three former contestants dub the “38 Second Massacre,” a group of contestants had their packs of blood pills explode and were simultaneously eliminated from the reality show. According to the contestants, the show’s producers eliminated them despite successfully completing a game and having time to spare while reviewing drone footage of the round.

“Instead of Squid Game, [they] call it ‘rigged game’. Instead of Netflix they call it ‘Net Fix’ because it was clearly obvious,” said another former player Rolling Stone.

kotaku reached out to Netflix for comment but received no response at the time of publication.

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While fans scratched their heads on how to create real life Squid Game Ignoring the show’s core theme of how desperate people who suffer under a capitalist society are to amuse the fortunate is… bad, series director Hwang Dong-hyuk endorsed the show during a backstage interview at the 2022 Emmys.

“I think that even though our show carries a pretty heavy message – and I know there are some concerns about taking that message and turning it into a reality show with a cash prize. However, I feel like taking things too seriously isn’t the best path for the entertainment industry,” Dong-hyuk said. “It’s not really a big precedent.”.

Notably, the release of the Netflix show spawned a number of imitators a fake video game And YouTuber MrBeast’s real-life version of the series’ Dead Games (minus the gruesome deaths) where 456 people compete to win $456,000.

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