Want to play the Squid Game in real life? The Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) in the UAE Capital is making it possible for fans of the hit Netflix show to try their luck at children’s games — but without facing the deadly consequences depicted in the series.
Nam Chan-woo, director of the KCC, told Khaleej Times that 338 people have already signed up for the games, which are scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening.
The Korean drama, written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, has topped Netflix’s global viewership charts, the company’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed last week.
The nine-episode show follows the story of 456 cash-strapped contestants who are risking their lives for a tempting cash prize.
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— Netflix (@netflix) October 5, 2021
Since its release, the Squid Game fever has gripped viewers worldwide, including those in the UAE. Memes and videos have flooded social events, and some have organised wholesome events to bring its thrills to life.
Squid Game player attires have also become one of the most searched Halloween costumes this year. In Ajman, Dot Cafe is serving cappuccino with a side of a Dalgona (honeycomb) candy, which was used in the second round of the games in the series.
Nam said: ”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.”
He said that through the upcoming event, the centre hopes more people in the UAE would learn about Korean culture.
”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.”
Chan-woo said the games would be played by two groups consisting of 15 pre-selected participants. Two rounds will be organised from 5.30pm to 9.15pm on Tuesday.
Participants will wear uniforms — Squid Game logo T-shirts — during the event, and the staff will be donning the circle, triangle and square costumes worn by the guards in the show.
The whole game will be tournament-based and players who lost will be able to watch the game separately without being ‘eliminated’.