Breaking News
Black Friday SALE: Up to 54% off InvestingPro! Register here
Investing Pro 0
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your Investing.com experience. Save up to 40% More details

Lethal kids games drive viral fame of Netflix series "Squid Game"

Stock MarketsSep 30, 2021 02:03PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
© Reuters. The Netflix series "Squid Game" is played on a mobile phone in this picture illustration. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Illustration

(Corrects a word in headline from "Games" to "Game")

By Sangmi Cha

SEOUL (Reuters) - The hit Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) series "Squid Game" from South Korea has gone viral across the world and online by morphing childhood games popular before the digital era such as "Red Light, Green Light" into deadly survival challenges.

The playground game where players stop and go at a tagger's command is one of six kids games with fatal consequences depicted in the gory thriller named after a South Korean variation of tag played in the 1970s and 80s using a board drawn in the dirt. In the "Red Light, Green Light" episode, the show's first, players are shot for failing to stand still at the red light call.

The Squid Game is the last one the 456 cash-strapped contestants on the show, ranging from a North Korean defector to a fund manager charged with embezzlement, must compete in for a prize of 45.6 billion won ($38.66 million).

The horror series has shot to popularity since premiering on Sept. 17, becoming the first Korean drama to snatch the top spot on Netflix in the United States. It could become its most popular show yet globally, the company's Co-Chief Executive Ted Sarandos said on Monday.

"We did not see that coming, in terms of its global popularity," he said.

South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy, has established itself as a global entertainment hub with its vibrant pop-culture, including the seven-member boy band BTS and movies such as Oscar winners "Parasite," a satire about class and society, and "Minari," about a Korean immigrant family in the United States.

The fame of "Squid Game" has transferred to the so-called metaverse, or digital world where people move and communicate in virtual environments.

Thousands of global users have been playing "Red Light, Green Light" in several game rooms dubbed "Squid Game" on Roblox, a California-based maker of popular online video game platforms.

The rooms emulate several film sets and let users sign up for a "Red Light, Green Light" game.

On Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), the hashtags “SquidGame” and "RedLightGreenLight" were trending and reviews of the Roblox games have inundated YouTube and other social media.

Venues outside the virtual world are also capitalizing on the show's popularity.

A Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) post showed a mall in Quezon City in the Philippines had installed a 3-metre (10 ft) copy of the doll that calls out the commands in the "Red Light, Green Light" episode, which invites people to play across a crosswalk outside and win prizes.

Following the success of the nine-part series, season two of "Squid Game" is in the works, and Netflix has said it plans to invest $500 million on original movies and TV shows this year in South Korea, one Asia's fastest growing markets.

($1 = 1,179.6200 won)

Lethal kids games drive viral fame of Netflix series "Squid Game"
 

Related Articles

What to Make of the Recent Stock Market Pullback?
What to Make of the Recent Stock Market Pullback? By StockNews - Nov 27, 2021

I had written up a commentary that I intended to send out this morning that was going to focus on some bigger-picture, strategic items related to market cycles and developing...

Canada's Shopify records Black Friday sales up 21%
Canada's Shopify records Black Friday sales up 21% By Reuters - Nov 27, 2021

(Reuters) - Canadian e-commerce company Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) Inc recorded worldwide sales of nearly $2.9 billion on Black Friday, an increase of about 21% in comparison to last...

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with other users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind:  

  •            Enrich the conversation, don’t trash it.

  •           Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed. 

  •           Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically. Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user. Racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases. Comments that are written in all caps and contain excessive use of symbols will be removed.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and comments containing links will be removed. Phone numbers, email addresses, links to personal or business websites, Skype/Telegram/WhatsApp etc. addresses (including links to groups) will also be removed; self-promotional material or business-related solicitations or PR (ie, contact me for signals/advice etc.), and/or any other comment that contains personal contact specifcs or advertising will be removed as well. In addition, any of the above-mentioned violations may result in suspension of your account.
  • Doxxing. We do not allow any sharing of private or personal contact or other information about any individual or organization. This will result in immediate suspension of the commentor and his or her account.
  • Don’t monopolize the conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also strongly believe in giving everyone a chance to air their point of view. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (1)
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Sep 30, 2021 10:17AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
democrats and their “culture of death”
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email