A South Korean Internet Provider Is Suing Netflix Because “Squid Game” Is Causing Network Traffic Surges

October 4, 2021 / Posted by:

Squid Game, it’s so hot right now! It’s so hot that it’s actually messing with some people’s internet connections in South Korea, according to a lawsuit that has recently been filed against Netflix, your number-one source for that sweet Squid Game streaming high. Apparently, everyone wants to watch Squid Game, and some internet providers haven’t been able to handle the sudden spike in internet usage. And it’s all that creepy giant robot girl’s fault!

Squid Game is a nine-episode South Korean survival drama series that dropped on Netflix on September 17th, 2021. If you don’t want to spoil anything about Squid Game for yourself, then get the hell out of here now, because I’m about to talk a little about the plot. Squid Game follows 456 people of varying ages with life-altering debt, who compete in a violent series of children’s games in hopes of winning the USD equivalent to nearly $40 million. It was an instant hit in South Korea and has become increasingly popular worldwide. It’s currently on track to potentially become the most-watched series on Netflix. Currently, that record is held by Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton, which is currently the most-watched series in Netflix history. But South Korean internet provider SK Broadband isn’t loving the show since it’s caused a huge surge in traffic. via Forbes:

South Korean internet service provider SK Broadband sued Netflix, the company announced on Friday, alleging that the streaming platform’s popular show Squid Game caused a surge in network traffic, a move that comes after lawmakers and courts in the country have called on content providers to pay network usage.

SK Broadband is demanding Netflix pay for the costs of increased network traffic and maintenance work caused by a large amount of bandwidth used by viewers of its popular show Squid Game.

SK claims that traffic from Netflix was 50 Gigabits per second in May 2018 and that as of September 2021, traffic from Netflix is now a whopping 1,200 Gigabits per second thanks to Squid Game. Netflix has responded to the lawsuit, saying that they will review SK Broadband’s claims and that in the meantime, they will work with SK to ensure that clients aren’t affected by any delay in service.

I’m happy for anyone who feels confident enough to get litigious with a giant corporation. But I also don’t think this is Netflix’s fault. The blame should be placed on all of us, the curious media-addicted consumer! I know why so many people busted SK Broadband’s service – it’s because people wanted to know what in the world Squid Game is. I haven’t watched it yet, and I’m not really a fan of shows where people get murdered in the name of cash prizes. And yet I’m fascinated! Why is it called Squid Game? Is the theme song a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Love Game“? Would I let that hot dude slap me for free? I’m sorry, I’m about to make my internet service provider’s system real slow because I need these questions answered.

Pic: Netflix

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