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Real life 'Squid Game' was played in Abu Dhabi, no casualties reported

Squid Game is a popular Korean series.

UAE: Residents play real-life 'Squid Game' in Abu Dhabi, without the violence

Squid Game has become so popular that Abu Dhabi’s Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) decided to recreate some of the games played on the show, minus the deadly consequences.

The Korean Cultural Center's event took place on Tuesday, October 12 in its Abu Dhabi office and involved games actually played in the show (again, without the murder and bloodshed).

Two teams of 15, wearing T-shirts featuring the show's logo, played red light green light, Dalgona candy challenge, and paper-flipping games Marbles and Ddakji.

The event's staff wore pink circle, triangle and square costumes to look like the guards in the show's death games.


“The games seemed a bit brutal in the series to maximise the dramatic element, however, actually, all the games in the series are popular games played by Korean children from the past to the present.

KCC would like the people in the UAE to learn more about Korean culture by participating in the event,” said the KCC.

With more than 700 people applying to attend Tuesday’s event, only 30 were selected as two groups of 15 would take part.

In the live version, the song played in the show was also used, meaning players were only allowed to move when we heard the singing but had to remain still when it stopped.


The Glass stepping stones, which involved KCC doing the floor stepping stones instead but was run exactly the same as in the Squid Game series.

The Honeycomb toffee game (a.ka. dalgona game) involved participants taking out the shapes marked, while in the Marbled game two players were paired to play a game with marbles, and those who exhausted all the beads were eliminated.

The fans also took part in Ttakji, where players held Ttakji and whoever flipped over the other's ttakji first was the winner.

Unsurprisingly, this wasn't the first time Squid Game has been played in real life. Squid Game is so popular it seeped into a Belgium school.


The kids, who apparently watched the 18-plus show, played the red light, green light stop-start game and beat up those who lost.

'Squid Game' is Netflix's biggest original show debut. The Korean drama, written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, has topped Netflix's global viewership charts, according to the company's chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

The nine-episode show follows the story of 456 cash-strapped contestants who are risking their lives for a massive cash prize.


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