Hundreds of cash-strapped “Squid Game” fans compete in a real-life recreation of the dystopian smash-hit Netflix series for a cash prize of $456,000.
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Popular YouTuber MrBeast, who has 76.4 million subscribers, said he spent $3.5 million on detailed reenactments, with 456 contestants fighting for the jackpot.
The social media star, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, said on twitter That it cost her about $2 million to create and make, while she spent about $1.5 million on the awards.
In addition to the six-figure first prize, Donaldson gave $2,000 to each contestant and $10,000 to the runner-up.
The entertainment included the same Korean children’s games played in the “squid game”, such as red light, green light, marbles and tug of war – in giant sets that took weeks to build.
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But unlike the disturbing play, none of the contestants were harmed.
Instead players were rigged with “wireless explosives” filled with fake blood that would explode when a player finished.
In tug of war and glass bridge challenges, the losing contestant fell into a pit of foam instead of falling to his death.
But real-life “Squid Game” contestants were seen trembling in the game’s footage as they tried to carve shapes out of the honeycomb in the “Dalgona Challenge.”
The “squid game” reaction isn’t the first time Donaldson has performed such an extraordinary stunt for his YouTube channel.
Donaldson is famous for offering odd prizes to his online followers 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 nearly $24 million and garnering nearly 3 billion views. according to forbes,
But his latest video attracted harsh criticism from viewers, who slammed Donaldson for reimagining a game in which the rich exploited the poor to exploit them.
Other critics also noted the irony of Donaldson creating advertising revenue by re-creating a show that strongly condemned capitalism.
The stunt video was released just a day after a smuggler who sold copies of “Squid Game” in North Korea was sentenced to death by firing squad.