‘Squid Game’ gains popularity in China, despite Netflix not being available

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“There is currently no legal way to watch ‘Squid Game’ in China”

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South Korean Original Netflix Series squid game The streaming platform is gaining traction in China, despite being unavailable in the region.

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This is according to a report Korea Jongang Daily, which claims that the show has garnered over 1.7 billion mentions on Chinese social media platform Weibo as of October 4. The publication also notes that many casual outfits based on the show’s outfits are also being sold by various online retailers.

The show’s perceived popularity in China is notable because Netflix, the streaming platform that exclusively distributes squid game, is not available in the country. The country’s “Great Firewall” has notably blocked many global Internet services, including social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The report claims that users have resorted to illegal downloading to bypass firewalls to watch the series.


“Currently, Netflix is ​​available in a total of 190 countries – not including China,” a Netflix official said. Korea Jongang Daily. “There is currently no legal way to see squid game in China, and we know viewers in China are not streaming squid game legally. but this [online piracy in China] is not unique squid game

However, Netflix also said that at the moment it has no plans to take any legal action against pirating. squid game or the sale of unofficial merchandise, while stating that it is currently “collaborating with various surveillance agencies around the world to eradicate illegal content”.

Lee Geu-tag, an associate professor of cultural studies at George Mason University Korea, meanwhile, says that there may be a silver lining in pirated Korean material. “Even when Korean shows are consumed under the radar, it still helps to promote Korean culture. can serve as the foundation to be successful,” he added Korea Jongang Daily.

“Both Koreans and Chinese are unhappy with the status quo. So instead of simply condemning the Chinese people for being pirates, we can hope that the accumulated popularity works in our favor if China opens up in the future,” Li said. said.

squid game It’s also seeing a huge jump in popularity around the world, with Netflix reaching the number one spot on the US charts last month and number two on the global charts. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos also spoke about the show’s success, saying it is well on its way to becoming their “biggest show ever”.

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