- Blockbuster South Korean series Squid Game has made history by becoming the biggest debut show on Netflix
- Popular movie streaming platform, Netflix, announced that the hit series garnered 111 million views four weeks after launch
- Ironically, the Squid Game creator was turned down by studios for a decade
South Korean hit series Squid Game is officially the biggest debut show in Netflix’s history.
The statement by Netflix read:
“We won’t tell you who won Squid Game, but we can officially tell you Korea won Netflix. With 111M viewers, it's our biggest ever series at launch and the first to surpass 100M when it premiered.”
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The series launched four weeks ago, topped the charts in more than 80 countries, bumping aside Bridgerton.
According to The Guardian, when Bridgerton was released, it had 82 million views. Netflix calculates the views by including all the accounts that have watched an episode for at least two minutes.
Fans of the blockbuster series reacted to the announcement by Netflix by writing:
"The cast deserves all this success, love them so much."
“And it’s just one season. What happens when Netflix will officially announced season two?”
“I need to watch but I’m scared.”
“If you’re not watching this I don’t know what you’re doing with your life.”
“They deserve it. Those who haven’t watched it yet are missing out.”
The series revolves around broke adults playing a traditional Korean children's game on a far-flung island.
The winner takes home around KSh 4 billion, while the rest of the contenders are eliminated, literally.
Squid Game rejection
Before Netflix came along, no one wanted Squid Game. According to Hwang, studios turned down the script for the series for almost ten years.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Hwang first wrote the script a decade ago while staying with his grandmother and mum.
However, multiple bids to pitch the show flopped, with studios turning down the fictionalised show terming it too unrealistic.
At the time, Hwang was broke, and at one point, he even had to sell his laptop to survive.