I don’t know if you’ve watched Netflix’s Squid Game or not but I can bet my money that you have heard and seen the buzz around it. I’m here to tell you it’s worth all the hype and more! In fact, it was just a matter of time before a billionaire turned it into a real-life event! Because the Korean survival drama has not just stumped peeps at Netflix including co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos who recently admitted that, “Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure. There’s a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever. We did not see that coming, in terms of its global popularity.” But the twister thriller that was first released on September 17 has since gone on to become the first South Korean series to top the US Netflix chart and how!
Well, it has transpired into a real-life event, that’s how. To match up to the world-wide popularity of the Korean series, the Korean Cultural Center in the UAE has organized an event where UAE fans can play the games played in Squid Game. And worry you not; it’s murder and violence free for obvious reasons. But it is a recreation/reimagination where two teams of 15 will play red light green light, Dalgona candy challenge, marbles and paper flipping game, Ddakji. Oh, and they will do so wearing T-shirts featuring the show’s logo. Not just the players but even the staff, like the guards in the show, will wear pink circle, triangle and square costumes.
But what about the money, honey? While the event’s registration page says there’ll be some prizes like a customized green tracksuit, we don’t exactly know what more! Also, again for obvious reasons, there’s no mention of the whopping prize money that 456 desperate contestants lost their lives for, on the show. Reportedly, the event is slated to be held today, on October 12 at the Korean Cultural Center’ Abu Dhabi office. And apparently, the teams are already in place as the registrations have been closed.
Nam Chan-woo, the UAE Korean Cultural Center’s director, told the Khaleej Times, “The games seem a bit brutal in the series to maximise the dramatic element. However, all the games in the show are popular ones played by Korean children from past to present.” “Just as K-Pop gained worldwide popularity through YouTube in the 2010s, I think platforms such as Netflix would be a channel for the global spread of Korean video content such as dramas and movies,” Nam added.
Incidentally, this isn’t the only instance where Squid Game has manifested into reality. While the one above seems and sounds more fun, the other instance unfortunately can have serious consequences and adapts the scary part of the show, reports The Brussels Times. According to the report, students at the municipal school of Erquelinnes Beguinage Hainaut have been mimicking the show on the playground, and beating up those who lose the games. Rings a bell? Although it’s called 1, 2, 3 Piano, kids are playing Red Light, Green Light in the playgrounds. And it’s nothing if not worrying!
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