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A real life Squid Game is actually happening – minus the death, obviously

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Some lucky fans will get to play the games (Picture: YOUNGKYU PARK/Netflix)

Squid Game is taking the world by storm and it was only a matter of time before a real life version took place.

A re-enactment, thankfully without the brutal violence the South Korean Netflix drama has become known for, has been organised by the Korean Cultural Center in the United Arab Emirates and it’s all kicking off this week.

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The series sees debt-ridden contestants competing in deadly tasks inspired by playground games, set against a dystopian backdrop in which the poor can sign away their right to life.

Of course, the real life special event – set to take place in two two-hour, tournament-style sessions – will see teams of 15 people take on four of the six games from the series.

As well as the Dalgona Candy and Red Light Green Light challenges, which have already gone viral on TikTok, players will also try their hand at Marbles and Ddakji.

In the actual show, there’s a cash prize of 45.6 billion won (£28m) at stake if the contestants manage to win a series of games traditionally played by children.

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If they win, they’re millionaires. However, if they lose, they die.

There’s no reward money on the line – and obviously no risk of death or bodily harm – participants who have been eliminated will be able to stick around to watch the rest of the games.

Nam Chan-woo told the Khaleej Time that players will wear branded Squid Game T-shirts, while staff will wear the infamous pink circle, triangle and square outfits worn by guards in the show.

To take part, hopeful players need to register online and fill out of a form featuring three questions testing their knowledge on the series.

Nam told the newspaper: ‘The games seem a bit brutal in the series to maximize the dramatic element. However, all the games in the show are popular ones by Korean children from past to present.

‘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.’

Squid Game is available to stream on Netflix.

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