Beyond safety concerns, the players told Rolling Stone that they also believed the game was rigged from the start. “Instead of ‘Squid Game,’ [they] are calling it ‘Rigged Game.’ Instead of Netflix, they’re calling it ‘Net Fix,’ because it was clearly obvious,” one contestant said. “It was just the cruelest, meanest thing I’ve ever been through,” another agreed. “We were a human horse race, and they were treating us like horses out in the cold racing and [the race] was fixed.”
These players alleged that the show’s creative team seemed to know who they’d want to eliminate or keep around. Some claimed that the plane tickets that flew them to London for filming already had a return date, which was one day after they were ultimately eliminated. One player said that time on a game was extended so a mother-and-son duo could keep playing together, while others said that they crossed the Red Light, Green Light finish line with time to spare … but were eliminated anyway and not told why.
So is “Squid Game: The Challenge” real? Kind of! The bottom line is that it’s as real as any other reality competition show where producers get the final say in the product.