Real life version of controversial survival drama Squid Game coming to Poland
Controversial Netflix hit Squid Game is coming to Poland in the form of a real life ‘tournament’.
Inspired by the macabre games in which the characters in the series take part, the organisers behind the Squid Fame tournament say it will be “an unprecedented spectacle, full of emotions, competition, dilemmas and intriguing intellectual, dexterity and sports puzzles."
Made in South Korea, the Netflix show which debuted earlier this month has already been watched over 100 million times.
Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the survival drama revolving around a contest sees players who are deeply in debt play a series of children's games for the chance to win a cash prize, but they face a deadly penalty if they lose.
Although the childhood games are relatable and easy to understand, the brutal nature of how they are twisted sees players involved in a desperate fight for survival.
Marcin Gibert, organiser of the real life Polish tournament billed as the first of its kind in the world said: “The tournament will be devoid of any form of violence and mistreatment of participants that were staged in the series.
“The most important thing in the tournament is healthy competition and fun!
“The SQUID FAME tournament is not related to the SQUID GAME series, it is only somewhat inspired by it.
“Contestants will not be killed and the prize will be a little less than the 45.6 billion in the TV series.”
He added: “The tournament will be played on April 30, 2022 and will be broadcast online (PPV).
“The tournament will feature stages of the game referring to the SQUID GAME series.
“The main prize will be 30 percent of the fundraiser. If a minimum of 100 percent of the collection is achieved, the amount will be PLN 100,000 złoty!!!
“The remaining amount will be allocated to the organization of the tournament.”
So far, the organisers have managed to raise 400 PLN of the 333,000 PLN they are looking to attract through the sale of tickets to watch it online and merchandise such as limited edition t-shirts and soft toys.
They added that supporting the fundraiser will not guarantee entry into the competition though as participation will be decided through an online vote.