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Squid Game: Twitch streamer who shares name with Netflix hit series loses work

A gamer who shares her online name with Netflix smash hit Squid Game says she is losing work because of it.

Lydia Ellery, 32, said companies are now hesitant to employ her because of her handle and her perceived association with the show, despite the fact she has been known as Squid Game for more than a decade.

She said she has also been subjected to online abuse by fans of the show.




As a result, the Twitch streamer is considering changing her name.

Lydia, who is from London but lives in Bristol, has been on social media platforms like game streaming site Twitch and Instagram as Squid Game for 11 years, and as SquidGaming on Twitter.

She has 42,300 followers on Twitch and is also part of Yogscast, a collective with more than seven million YouTube subscribers.



“For me it was just a silly name I thought up on the spot,” she said. “My friends called me squid because it rhymes with lid, and my name is Lydia.”

But now the name has a different meaning.

The Korean TV series which tells the story of a group of people forced to play deadly children’s games for money has become a viral sensation.

The Netflix show was watched by 142 million households around the world in its first four weeks, and Lydia has been hit with a wave of attention.

“Because the show doesn’t have an official Instagram account, I was flooded with people tagging me or sending me messages thinking I was the show,” she said.