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Netflix fans have grabbed the chance to play in a real-life version of Squid Game – without the murder and bloodshed.
The Korean survival drama has become the streaming giant's most-viewed series ever after it was released in September.
The twisted series features a number of in-debt citizens participating in six children's games to win a cash prize of 45 billion won with a brutal catch – if they lose, they die.
Luckily, the real-life version held by the Korean Culture Centre (KCC) in Abu Dhabi was less harmful.
Players were invited to the office and dressed up in identical outfits, each allocated with a number, while the masked guards gave instructions to them for each game.
Video shared by Korean broadcaster KBS shows the participants playing the "Red Light, Green Light" game before moving on to the "Dalgona cookie challenge".
They were given a needle to carve out the cookie shape without breaking it.
KCC Director Nam Chan-woo told Khleeg Times: "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.
"The games played in the Netflix series are popular among children in Korea and remind Korean adults of nostalgic childhood memories. But similar traditional games are played by children here in the UAE, too.
"I hope the global popularity of 'Squid Game' will be an opportunity to spread other aspects of Korean culture, too, such as Hangeul, taekwondo, as well as K-dramas and movies."
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As the show's popularity soared, one unlucky person has received up to 4,000 calls per day since the show aired.
Squid Game fans reportedly tried to call on the number shown in the show to "join the game" but the calls have become too much for his phone to handle and it died.
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