Squid Game: Invitation card's meaning & logo explored

Yasmine Leung September 22, 2021
Squid Game: Invitation card's meaning & logo explored

Korean series Squid Game adds an adult twist to harmless children’s games and it’s been a hit for subscribers all over the world. Players are invited via a card with an ambiguous logo, so what do the symbols actually mean?

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Squid Game isn’t your usual Netflix K-Drama; there’s no romance or slow-mo shots of loved-up couples hugging for the first time. Frankly, it’s the opposite, with the squid game pitting the players against each other in the name of survival.

Lee Jung-jae portrays Seong Gi-hun, a divorced father and gambling addict who lives off his elderly mother, while struggling to pay his debts. With only a month to obtain hundreds of millions of won, Gi-hun accepts an invitation to participate in an unknown game via a brown card with a cryptic logo.

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The meaning of the card invitation

The shapes on the invitation card may be reminiscent of the PlayStation logo, but it definitely is no reference to the console.

The circle, triangle and squares are actually letters of the Korean alphabet, written in Hangul, the Korean writing system.

The circle is the letter ‘o’, the triangle is part of the letter ‘j’, and the square is ‘m’, so side by side, it reads ‘O J M’, which are the initials squid game in Korean, which is read as Ojingeo Geim (오징어게임)

It’s hinted in the opening sequence of the show, where the squid game floor markings in episode 1’s flashback seamlessly transform into the title.

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What does the logo remind you of?

While some viewers think it looks like the PlayStation logo, the majority of Twitter fans recognised it as the logo of K-Pop girl group LOONA.

Other K-culture fanatics spotted that the highlighted pink letters reminded them of reality show, We Got Married, where Korean celebrities get ‘married’ and complete challenges together.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.