Professional gamer who has owned “Squid Game” social network for a decade says she loses her job because of the Netflix show


  • Streamer Lydia Ellery has had the handle @squidgame on social media for years.
  • But she said she suffered abuse and lost job opportunities because of the Netflix show that shares the name.

A streamer who uses the handle @squidgame says she’s losing work because people think she’s associated with the Netflix show.

Lydia Ellery uses the username @squidgame on Twitch and the username @squidgaming on Twitter. She also uses @squidgame on Instagram, and says she’s been using the name there for 11 years.

She tweeted on Tuesday that she may have to change her name as she lost two potential jobs due to her apparent association with the hit show.

“Looks like I might have to change handles after all. I lost 2 amazing presentation opportunities because people don’t want to hire me with my ‘squid game’ handle. It really gets me down now.” , she wrote.

Ellery said Thursday: “First I get abuse, then I get banned, now I lose work.”

She added, “Lots of lovely people suggest complaining etc, but who do I even talk to? Who should I email? I literally have no idea.”

Ellery, 32, previously said she was temporarily banned from her Instagram account after the show was released. She said she thought it was because people were trying to either report the account or log into it. She has since regained access.

She told Insider at the time that an automated Instagram message told her that she had violated her policies by “pretending to be someone else.” His fans also sent him an “angry” message about the name.

The dystopian Netflix show is about a group of people who go head-to-head in a series of deadly children’s games to try and earn enough money to pay off their debts. Shortly after its release, it became Netflix’s most watched show.


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