The Entire Squid Game Set Was Recreated by a YouTube Star, and Players Competed for a $456K Prize
MrBeast, a YouTuber, spent over $3.5 million recreating the Squid Game to scale, including every game, and invited 456 players to compete for a cash reward.
One YouTuber took his love of Squid Game to new heights!
On Wednesday, MrBeast, who has 76.2 million YouTube subscribers, shared a video of his real-life recreation of Netflix sensation Squid Game, showing how he built each game from the Korean thriller series to scale before inviting 456 players to compete.
The total cash award for winning was $456,000. The number 456, of course, continues appearing since it is the player number for the lead character in Squid Game, Seong Gi-hun, who is played by Korean cinema actor Lee Jung-jae.
Games from the show, such as Red Light/Green Light, Marbles, and the notorious Glass Bridge, were successfully replicated in the video.
They were all significantly less severe in terms of the consequences for those who were eliminated. Rather than being shot on sight, like in the show, players had mechanisms attached to them that would ‘explode’ and stain their clothes when they lost a game. There were also foam pits beneath the Tug of War game and the Glass Bridge to prevent anyone from plummeting to their deaths.
MrBeast, 23, documented the video’s creation process on Twitter, stating at one point, “Squid Game has been filmed and now just needs editing, it is the craziest video we’ve ever done times 100!”
He stated that the video cost more than $3.5 million to produce and that the funds — donated in part by the mobile game Brawl Stars — was divided into $2 million for production and set building and $1.5 million in rewards.
Things got a little more dramatic during the Marbles game, just as in the series, because the producers made participants partner up with their pals after studying who they spent time with on set, and forced them to play against one other.
Other minor changes were made in the YouTube video to ensure that players familiar with Squid Game would not have an advantage.
MrBeast (actual name Jimmy Donaldson) is well-known for hosting games with cash prizes on his YouTube channel. Donaldson, who is worth $25 million, recently held an extraordinary game of tag at Bristol Motor Speedway, with the winner receiving $500,000.
He originally teased the Squid Game initiative last month, when he posted a TikTok video informing fans that if their video received 10 million likes, he would recreate the games from the Netflix survival thriller.
“TikTok, it’s in your hands,” Donaldson wrote at the time.
Then, earlier this month, he published the first photographs of the project, which showed off the hand-painted walls that replicated the skyline from the Red Light, Green Light game in the first episode of SG, as well as a gigantic playground set from the Dalgona game.
Squid Game debuted on Netflix on September 17 and was a surprising success for the streaming service.
“In terms of its global popularity, we did not anticipate it coming,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer, said at a Vox media conference.
With 111 million viewers, the Korean show became the brand’s “largest series debut ever,” topping another recent adult success, Bridgerton, in October.
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