‘Squid Game’ becomes Netflix’s biggest-ever series launch

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The streaming platform mentioned Tuesday that the ultraviolent Korean drama has been sampled by 111 million members since its September 17 premiere worldwide, over the span of simply 25 days, stories selection.com.

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This means ‘Squid Game’ has been considered by extra folks in its preliminary month of launch than the earlier primary holder, ‘Bridgerton’, which Netflix mentioned had been chosen to look at by 82 million households within the first 28 days of launch.

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The proprietary metric that Netflix is utilizing right here relies on the variety of accounts that picked a given title and streamed for at the least 2 minutes. That sheds no mild on how many individuals watched even one full episode and consists of those that checked it out to see what the fuss was about earlier than turning it off.

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The firm extra lately launched, for the primary time, a rating of the highest 10 most-viewed authentic reveals and movies by complete hours considered.

Still, ‘Squid Game’ has captured gargantuan buzz and has persistently ranked because the primary series throughout the globe because it debuted, in keeping with Netflix.

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Two weeks in the past, Netflix co-CEO and content material chief Ted Sarandos mentioned the present had an excellent likelihood of changing into the streamer’s largest present ever.

“We didn’t see that coming, by way of its international reputation,” Sarandos mentioned at Vox Media’s Code Conference.

In the present, 456 debt-saddled contestants are mysteriously introduced collectively on an island off the South Korean peninsula to compete in youngsters’s video games for an enormous money prize with actually life-and-death penalties.

Series creator and director Hwang Dong-hyuk advised Variety he first conceived the idea for ‘Squid Game’ in 2008 as a film. But Korean studios handed due to its violent themes, and he went on to create a number of hit movies earlier than with the ability to revisit the undertaking about 10 years later.

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