The subscription-based streaming service announced the news in a tweet on Tuesday.
The nine-episode Korean thriller was released on Sept. 17. It follows Seong Gi-Hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, as he and hundreds of other desperate and deeply indebted contestants compete in a violent and often grotesque competition for about $38 million. Only one person can win the prize, and those who lose the series of children's games pay with their lives.
"Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games,” the description on Netflix reads. “Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.”
Among the show's other stars are Park Hae-soo, HoYeon Jung, Heo Sung-tae, Kim Joo-ryoung, Anupam Tripathi and Lee Yoo-mi.
"But when I read the script, I understood that it contained elements that could resonate with everyone and work outside of Korea,” he said.
The show is a hot topic on social media, where the hashtag "#SquidGame" on TikTok has been viewed more than 22.8 billion times.
According to Flix Patrol, a website that tracks streaming statistics for the top platforms in the world, the show is No. 1 in dozens of countries including the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The series was the top show in South Korea but recently moved to the No. 2 spot, according to the website.