Hundreds of cash “Squid Game” fans competed in a true rendition of the dystopian magnificent Netflix series for a cash prize of $ 456,000.
The popular YouTuber MrBeast, which boasts 76.4 million subscribers, said he spent $ 3.5 million on the detailed reenactment, in which 456 participants competed for the jackpot.
The social media star whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, said on Twitter that it cost him about $ 2 million to build and produce, while he spent about $ 1.5 million on prizes.
In addition to the six-figure first prize, Donaldson distributed $ 2,000 to each participant and $ 10,000 to second place.
The recreation included the same Korean children’s games played in the “Squid Game”, such as red light, green light, balls and tug of war – in huge sets that took weeks to build.
But unlike in the disturbing drama, no contestants were injured.
Players were instead rigged with “wireless explosives” packed with fake blood that sprang up when a player was eliminated.
In the tug-of-war and glass-bridge challenges, losing participants fell into a foam pit instead of plunging into death.
But true to form, the real “Squid Game” contestants were seen in footage of the game trembling as they tried to carve shapes out of honeycomb in the “dalgona challenge”.
The remake of “Squid Game” is not the first time Donaldson has performed an extravagant stunt like this for his YouTube channel.
Donaldson is famous for offering bizarre prizes to its online followers who are willing to compete in absurd challenges, such as when contestants stood in a circle for 12 days for $ 500,000 in cash.
The social media sensation was the second highest paid YouTube star in 2020, earning about $ 24 million and garnering about 3 billion views, according to Forbes.
But his latest video has attracted harsh criticism from viewers who criticized Donaldson for re-enacting a game about rich people exploiting the poor for their macabre viewing pleasure.
Other critics also noted the irony of Donaldson earning advertising revenue by recreating a show that strictly condemns capitalism.
The stunt video was released just 24 hours after a smuggler selling copies of “Squid Game” in North Korea was sentenced to death by the firing squad.