Squid Game – The Challenge under fire as ‘injured contestants prepare lawsuit’

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Netflix is being threatened with legal action by former contestants of Squid Game: The Challenge who claim they were injured and suffered hypothermia as a result of the show.

The reality series, based on the South Korean smash-hit of the same name, launched its first batch of episodes this week, with 456 contestants going head to head for a $4.56million prize.

However, two players – who are yet to be identified – are now preparing to take the production company Studio Lambert as well as Netflix to court over the treatment they received on the show.

According to Deadline, Express Solicitors, a British personal injuries law firm, is calling out the series for the resulting medical attention the players needed as a result of playing ‘Red Light, Green Light’.

‘Red Light, Green Light’ saw the players have to run across the line but freezing whenever a killer doll turns around.

If they’re caught moving by the doll they’re eliminated.

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However, the scenes, which were shot at Cardington Studios in Bedford, England, were shot during freezing cold temperatures and took several hours.

In February 2023, it was confirmed by Netflix three of the players ended up needing medical attention as a result of the cold snap.

A press release by David Slade, CEO of the no-win no-fee solicitors firm, read: “Contestants thought they were taking part in something fun and those injured did not expect to suffer as they did.

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

However, Netflix is denying that any lawsuit has been filed against them as a result of the show.

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Squid Game: The Challenge is being released in three batches, with the finale airing on December 6th.

Before the show was even released, it received backlash from fans of the TV series, which argued Netflix had ‘missed the point’ of its anti-Capitalist message.

The response was so severe that Tim Harcourt, one of the three executive producers on the show, spoke out to Hollywood Reporter and said: “I take issue over the notion that Squid Game has just one point. One of the important strands was the capitalist critique.

“But it’s also a critique of how we are ingrained from childhood to be ultra competitive via these childhood games. It’s also about how people behave under pressure.”

Squid Game: The Challenge episodes 1-4 is available to watch now on Netflix.

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