Two participants in the ‘real-life Squid Game’, Squid Game: The Challenge (2023– ), are threatening to sue Netflix because of the physical discomfort they experienced during the filming. The challenging game show has been available on the streaming service since yesterday, and in some respects does not necessarily seem to be inferior to its fictional predecessor.
The complaints from two of the participants relate directly to the game that opens the show. In ‘Red Light, Green Light’, the candidates must avoid a runaway robot doll. The two participants, who have hired a lawyer, claim that they suffered from hypothermia and nerve damage during the recordings – which took place in Great Britain.
Still ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ via Netflix/Pete Dadds
A press statement from the law firm involved states that the candidates have now sent damage claims to Studio Lambert, a co-producer of the program. There is currently no lawsuit, but the question is what will happen if the makers of The Challenge do nothing about the participants’ claims.
“We can imagine that people will quickly see this as a classic ‘David versus Goliath’ story,” the law firm’s CEO said in a statement. The claims were made on the basis of health risk: the participants had to remain motionless for a long time in cold conditions in order to remain in competition.
A spokesperson for Squid Game: The Challenge says it takes the health of its participants very seriously. He emphasizes once again that no lawsuit has (yet) been filed by any of them, but says nothing about the damage claims sent.
In February this year, Deadline reported that an independent safety inspection had taken place at the game show after ‘medical incidents’ on set. It is very likely that this concerned the health of the participants who have now drawn up a claim letter.
Beeld: Still ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ via Netflix/Jack Barnes