Squid Game: The Challenge Contestants Suing Netflix For Horrifying Reasons

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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Contestants from Squid Game: The Challenge, who claim to have sustained injuries during filming, are threatening legal action against producers and Netflix.

According to Deadline, Two unnamed players, represented by British personal injuries law firm Express Solicitors, have already sent letters of claim to co-producer Studio Lambert.

Hypothermia And Nerve Damage

The contestants allege that they suffered hypothermia and nerve damage while participating in Squid Game: The Challenge, specifically during the filming of the opening game, Red Light, Green Light.

The game, which also involved dodging a menacing robotic doll, was filmed at Cardington Studios, a former Royal Air Force base in Bedford, during a cold snap in the UK.

The contestants argue that they were put at risk due to the freezing temperatures, claiming they had to stay motionless for extended periods as they tried to outwit their robotic adversary.

Lawsuit Coming

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At the time, Netflix acknowledged that three of the 456 players required medical attention while filming Squid Game: The Challenge.

Express Solicitors, known for specializing in no-win, no-fee claims, emphasized that their Squid Game: The Challenge clients participated in the show with the expectation of having fun, not enduring physical harm.

Daniel Slade, the CEO of the law firm, characterized the harrowing situation as a potential David and Goliath battle.

Early Stages

“Contestants thought they were taking part in something fun, and those injured did not expect to suffer as they did,” Slade said of the Squid Game: The Challenge filming conditions.

“Now they have been left with injuries after spending time being stuck in painful stress positions in cold temperatures.”

A spokesperson for the game show later released a statement in response to the allegations.

“No lawsuit has been filed by any of the Squid Game contestants,” the statement read. “We take the welfare of our contestants extremely seriously.”

The show’s position suggests that the legal threat may be in its early stages, and the production team is keen on addressing the concerns raised by the contestants.

Based On Netflix’s Squid Game

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Earlier this year, Squid Game: The Challenge underwent an independent safety inspection following the medical incidents on set.

Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reminded producers to plan for risks while adequately re-creating the blockbuster Korean drama. However, the HSE ultimately decided that no further action was necessary.

Squid Game: The Challenge draws inspiration from the South Korean flagship show Squid Game. Released internationally on Netflix on November 22, the first five episodes plunge viewers into a high-stakes competition where 456 players vie for the staggering prize of $4.56 million (equivalent to about £3.6 million).

Widespread International Acclaim

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The original South Korean series gained widespread international acclaim for its unique blend of suspense, drama, and social commentary. Created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show premiered on Netflix in September 2021.

The story revolves around a group of financially struggling individuals who are invited to participate in a mysterious and deadly competition known as Squid Game.

The contestants, plagued by overwhelming debt, agree to participate in a series of traditional children’s games with a dark and lethal twist. These games are overseen by a secretive organization that manipulates the participants into playing to win a massive cash prize.

The games are physically challenging and psychologically taxing, pushing the characters to their limits.

Breaking Netflix Records

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Squid Game became a cultural phenomenon, breaking records as one of Netflix’s most-watched series.

Its success was attributed to its gripping storytelling, well-developed characters, and thought-provoking themes.

The show’s distinctive visual style, intense suspense, and unexpected plot twists captivated audiences worldwide.