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'Squid Game: The Challenge' crowns winner, stars attend watch party

Spencer Hawkins, Ashley Tolbert, Bryton Constantin, Rick Mercurio, Stephen Lomas, Jada Fordyce, Dash Katz and Jessica Figueroa, from left to right, attend the "Squid Game: The Challenge" finale watch party Wednesday in New York. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Spencer Hawkins, Ashley Tolbert, Bryton Constantin, Rick Mercurio, Stephen Lomas, Jada Fordyce, Dash Katz and Jessica Figueroa, from left to right, attend the "Squid Game: The Challenge" finale watch party Wednesday in New York. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Squid Game: The Challenge has crowned its first winner.

The Netflix reality competition series is inspired by the South Korean drama Squid Game and follows contestants as they compete in non-lethal versions of the show's deadly games.

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Finalists Mai Whelan (287), Phill Cain (451) and Sam Lantz (016) appeared in the Season 1 finale, released Wednesday.

Lantz was eliminated, leaving Whelan and Cain to compete in a high-stakes game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Whelan emerged the winner and took home the prize of $4.56 million.

Whelan, Cain, Lantz and other Squid Game: The Challenge contestants including Spencer Hawkins, Ashley Tolbert and Dash Katz attended a watch party for the finale Wednesday in New York City.

Netflix announced Wednesday that it has renewed Squid Game: The Challenge for Season 2. Casting is now open.

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The original Squid Game stars Lee Jung-jae and was renewed for Season 2 in 2022. K-pop star and Iz*One alum Jo Yu-ri will join the cast in the new season.

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