Behind Netflix’s Decision to Renew ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ for Season 2

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Before the winner has officially been crowned, Squid Game: The Challenge has been renewed for a second season from Netflix.

The streaming giant announced the news on Wednesday just hours before the Squid Game reality competition series debuted the season finale.

“There was no red light in our decision to greenlight season two of Squid Game: The Challenge, the most ambitious unscripted show we’ve premiered at Netflix,” Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Nonfiction Series, said in a statement. “We’re so excited to continue the franchise of Squid Game with our team in Korea, and producers at Studio Lambert and The Garden for this epic competition series.”

Squid Game: The Challenge has ranked at #1 on Netflix’s Top 10 English TV list for the weeks of November 20 and 27, both weeks it was eligible. It also hit the Top 10 in 93 countries.

Squid Game: The Challenge logline: 456 real players will enter the competition show in pursuit of a life-changing reward of USD $4.56 million. As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show – plus surprising new additions – their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them.

The scripted drama Squid Game holds the record as Netflix’s most popular series of all time, with over 1.65 billion view hours in the first 28 days after its September 2021 premiere. It was renewed for season 2 as Netflix and Director Hwang confirmed they will once again team up for a whole new round of the scripted show.

Squid Game: The Challenge season one credits: The 10-episode competition series is a co-production between Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E), part of ITV Studios. Executive Producers: Nicola Brown (The Garden), Tim Harcourt (Studio Lambert), John Hay (The Garden), Toni Ireland (Studio Lambert), Anna Kidd, Stephen Lambert (Studio Lambert), Louise Peet, Nia Yemoh (Studio Lambert), Stephen Yemoh (Studio Lambert).


Netflix is further expanding the world of the show with “Squid Game: The Trials,” a live fan experience, starting December 6 in Los Angeles. Guests will be transported into the iconic Squid Game universe by participating in six fun, immersive and competitive engagements, as seen in and inspired by the original series. There will also be a Night Market with themed food and beverages.

Netflix is also producing a video game in the Squid Game universe where players will be able to compete with friends in games they’ll recognize from the series.

Want to put on a green track suit and attempt Red Light, Green Light and Dalgona for yourself? Recruitment for season 2 is now open at Don’t want to be on the show, but still want to compete in the Squid Game challenges? Check out “Squid Game: The Trials,” a live fan experience beginning Wednesday in Los Angeles, or play Netflix’s Squid Game universe video game.

The Squid Game: The Challenge finale hits Netflix on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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