REAL-LIFE “SQUID GAME” IS BEING ORGANIZED IN ABU DHABI
As the craze for the enormously successful Netflix Series “Squid Game” spreads throughout the world, fans may be able to play a real-life harmless version of the game in Abu Dhabi.
The Korean Cultural Center in the United Arab Emirates is staging a replica of the Netflix series’ games for two teams of 15 people. On October 12, the event will be placed in two sessions at the center’s Abu Dhabi headquarters.
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“Squid Game” debuted on Netflix on September 17 and quickly rose to the top spot in the United States, according to Netflix’s public rankings. The show is a Korean-language drama that centered on a competition in which 456 contestants, selected from many walks of life but all heavily in debt, compete in a series of children’s games with grave punishments for losing in order to win a 45.6 billion ($38 million) prize.
Instead of $38 million, each winner will receive a personalised green tracksuit. Unfortunately, there is no reward money.
The games at the center are scheduled to be held in two-hour tournament-style sessions, with the eliminated players able to watch the remaining games from the sidelines.
To apply for the UAE’s version of “Squid Game,” applicants must fill out a form with three questions testing their basic knowledge of the Netflix show.
According to Nam Chan-woo, director of the UAE Korean Cultural Center, the participants will wear T-shirts with the show’s emblem, while the event’s employees will wear the pink circle, triangle, and square costumes that the show’s guards wore during the show’s death games.
“Just as YouTube helped K-Pop achieve worldwide fame in the 2010s, I believe platforms like Netflix will be a channel for the global distribution of Korean video content like dramas and movies,” Nam told Insider.
The event, according to Nam, is being hosted to showcase Korean culture and childhood games to the people of the United Arab Emirates.
“The games played in the Netflix series are popular amongst children in Korea and remind Korean adults of nostalgic childhood memories. But similar traditional games are played by children here in the UAE, too,” Nam said. “I hope the global popularity of ‘Squid Game’ will be an opportunity to spread other aspects of Korean culture, too, such as Hangeul, taekwondo, as well as K-dramas and movies.”