Streaming giant Youku accused of copying Netflix hit with new show called Squid Victory

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A Chinese streaming platform has been accused of copying Netflix’s hit show Squid Game after promoting for a new recreation show called Squid Victory.

The streaming service Youku, which has as many as 90million subscribers, is one of China’s hottest leisure platforms.

Meanwhile, streaming giant Netflix is banned in China – in addition to its smash hit South Korean collection Squid Game.

However, Youku has come beneath fireplace from prospects after a poster for his or her new selection show, Squid Victory, was shared on-line, the South China Morning Post reviews.

A Chinese streaming platform has been accused of copying Netflix’s hit show Squid Game (left) after promoting for a new recreation show called Squid Victory (proper)

Critics declare that the new Youku show copies each the content material and design of the favored Korean collection.

In the new show, which was introduced on Wednesday, contestants are anticipated to participate in a quantity of ‘large-scale children’ video games’, in keeping with the BBC.

And the branding was additionally famous to be much like the distinctive design utilized by creators of Squid Game.  

Users on the web site Weibo – a Chinese model of Twitter – blasted the copy, with one describing it as ‘shameful’.

In the new show, which was introduced on Wednesday, contestants are anticipated to participate in a quantity of Chinese youngsters’s video games. Pictured: Netflix’s Squid Game

Following the net backlash to its promoting for the new show, Youku launched an announcement, alongside a newly designed poster, on Weibo.

It learn: ‘We made an error. We mistakenly used the preliminary design that had already been killed beforehand. We’re sincerely sorry for the misunderstanding brought about.’ 

It added that the identify of its new show had now additionally been modified to Game’s Victory, relatively than Squid Game. 

This is not the primary time Chinese corporations have been accused of copying concepts from different corporations and making their very own variations.

In 2019, practically £3 million of Chinese-made pretend designer-label items had been seized by Border Force officers within the run-up to Christmas.

Counterfeit Gucci scarves and pretend Nike trainers had been amongst greater than 10,000 gadgets confiscated in a crackdown on organised crime gangs making an attempt to use the UK market.

Home Office officers stated on the time that each one the ‘Christmas counterfeits’ seized between November and December 2019 originated in China.

Users on the web site Weibo – a Chinese model of Twitter – blasted the copy, with one describing it as ‘shameful’. Pictured: Korean show Squid Game

The stash included 1,300 counterfeit Chanel, Burberry and Gucci scarves value an estimated £900,000 seized at London Gateway Port, whereas officers on the Milton Keynes inland pre-clearance centre confiscated 850 pretend Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Nike, Champion and Converse baggage and trainers value £842,000, 3,400 gadgets of counterfeit bedding and pretend Royal Crown Derby Collection tableware valued at £300,000, and £778,000 value of imitation Dr Dre Beats headphones and Apple earphones.

And in 2015, automobile consultants criticised a Chinese sports activities automobile as a ‘pastiche of the worst type’, claiming it appeared suspiciously like a Ferrari and Porsche mixed.

The Suzhou Eagle Carrie was marketed as an all-electric sports activities automobile which was succesful of 0-62mph in simply 4.8 seconds.

But on nearer inspection the automobile appeared remarkably much like the European supercars, combining the entrance headlights of a Ferrari with the distinctive physique and rear of a Porsche.

The Suzhou Eagle Carrie (left) was criticised in 2015 for its placing resemblance to each a Porsche and Ferrari (proper), and has been branded a ‘pastiche’

Even the emblems of the Porsche and Eagle confirmed exceptional similarities of their color and design

Even the Carrie’s crimson, yellow and black badge has unmistakable similarities to the brand discovered on the entrance of a Porsche. 

The automobile was unveiled on the Shanghai Motor Show and is only one in a protracted record of Chinese motors which seems to be like fashions inbuilt Europe.

However the trade can do nothing concerning the similarities as a result of designs can’t be protected in China. 

Speaking on the time, Jim Holder, editor of Autocar, stated: ‘It is so brazen that it’s extra laughable than a automobile to be taken severely.

‘The drawback with these Chinese-built rip-offs is that they undermine the rising credibility of some of the more and more aggressive native makers, who’re engineering and innovating new vehicles nearer to worldwide requirements than ever.

‘The reluctance of Chinese officers to stamp on copycat design does no one any favours – well-heeled prospects will not queue as much as purchase a product so clearly copied, and few folks will need the related mockery of being seen in a single.’