Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama television series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk.
The game participants, all in deep financial debt, risk their lives to play a series of deadly children’s games for the chance to win a multi billion prize. The title of the series is inspired from a Korean children’s game.
Director had conceived of the idea based on his own economic struggles early in life, as well as the class disparity in South Korea and capitalism. Though he had initially written it in 2009, he was unable to find a production company to fund the project until Netflix took an interest around 2019.
Squid Game was released worldwide on September 17, 2021, to critical acclaim and international attention. It is Netflix’s most-watched series to date, becoming the top-viewed program in 94 countries and attracting more than 142 million member households during its first four weeks from launch.