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A Real-life Version of Netflix’s Squid Game Happened in Abu Dhabi!

About a month ago, “Squid Game” was released on Netflix. Since then, it’s become a global hit, dominating conversations around the world thanks to its addictive storyline and commentary on our competition-obsessed capitalist society. Now, about a month later, a real-life version of the most-watched Netflix series has come to life.

On Tuesday, the Korean Cultural Center in Abu Dhabi hosted a real-life Squid Game. But don’t worry, the stakes were much, much lower.

For instance, if you win, you’re not going to get to take $38 million home, and at the same time, you won’t be killed if you get eliminated. Sounds fun, right?

The nine-episode series on Netflix tells the story of hundreds of debt-ridden people competing for a cash prize in a deadly series of children’s games. And four of the games from the show will be played at the event in Abu Dhabi including, “Red Light, Green Light”, the “Dalgona Candy Challenge”, “The Marbles Game”, and the paper-flipping challenge, “Ddakji Game”.

A total of 30 people played the game, and it was only open to UAE residents. Those who were chosen to play donned t-shirts with the show’s logo. Staff running the event also stayed true to the theme & wore the imposing pink jumpsuits the show’s guards wore during the games to re-create the atmosphere of the series.

Oh, and if you still haven’t watched Squid Game, then trust me, peer pressure has got nothing on you.

You should check it out, though! It’s been deemed one of the best shows of the year!

The show has been ranked number one on Netflix in 90 different countries. So, it was only a matter of time before it took the top spot and became the streaming platform’s most-watched show.


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