YouTuber Recreates Squid Game, Offers $456,000 Cash Prize
Hundreds of cash-strapped “Squid Game” fans competed in a true re-creation of the miserably hit Netflix series for $456,000.
YouTube celebrity MrBeast, with 76.4 million subscribers, said he spent $3.5 million on a complex re-enactment as 456 contestants competed for the grand prize.
The social media star, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, He said on Twitter It cost him about $ 2 million for construction and production, while he spent about $ 1.5 million on awards.
In addition to the six-figure first prize, Donaldson set aside $2,000 for each competitor and $10,000 for the runner-up.
The recreation included the same Korean children’s games played in the “Squid game,” such as Red Light, Green Light, Marble and Tug-of-War – in huge groups that took weeks to build.
But unlike the unsettling drama, no contestant was hurt.
Instead, players were rigged with “wireless explosives” filled with fake blood that exploded when the player was eliminated.
In the tug of war and glass bridge challenges, the losing contestants fell into a foam pit instead of crashing hard to their death.
But in terms of looks, realistic ‘Squid Game’ contestants are seen in footage from the game shivering as they try to sculpt honeycomb shapes in the ‘dalgona challenge’.
This “Squid Game” reenactment isn’t the first time Donaldson has performed an extravagant stunt like this for his YouTube channel.
Donaldson is known for offering outlandish prizes to his online followers willing to compete in silly challenges, like when contestants stood in a circle for 12 days for $500,000 in cash.
Social media buzz was the second highest paid YouTube star in 2020, earning around $24 million and garnering around 3 billion views, According to Forbes magazine.
But his latest video drew heavy criticism from viewers who criticized Donaldson for re-enacting a game about the rich exploiting the poor for their shocking viewing pleasure.
Other critics have also noted the irony of Donaldson’s generating advertising revenue by re-creating a show strongly condemning capitalism.
The stunt video was released just a day after a smuggler who sold copies of the ‘Squid Game’ was released in North Korea. He was sentenced to death by firing squad.