Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, Netflix’s K-Original series Squid Game has taken the world by storm ever since its release in September 2021. The success of the series has led to a spike in interest in the Korean language, culture and arts. It has filtered into every paradigm of our society and now, YouTube star Mr Beast has created his own event.
Squid Game went on to become the most popular series on Netflix. Gory and terrifying, this K-Original sees a group of 456 strangers betting their lives against whooping prize money of 45.6 billion Korean Won, which amounts to nearly $40 million.
Starring Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, Jung Ho Yeon and Wi Ha Jun, this dystopian narrative, set in modern-day Korea, is a scathing commentary on capitalism, power struggle, economic crises and gambling problems. Vulnerability and frustration run high as the contestants struggle for survival.
This riveting premise has prompted many to take up the Squid Game challenge. From recreating various games like the ‘Red Light, Green Light’ game to the dalgona honeycomb challenge, people have been riding on the Squid Game high worldwide.
The popular Youtuber MrBeast, too, has jumped on the bandwagon to create his very own realistic version of the game. He has invited 456 random strangers to compete in this unnerving tournament wherein the winner shall win £456,000.
This popular Internet personality with 76.2 million subscribers on YouTube has built an impressive setup where he has recreated all the games, documenting the entire process and then the whole game.
Talking about how he “recreated every single step from Squid Game in real-life”, MrBeast says that none of the players is harmed when eliminated. The eliminated players even win some cash prizes as compensation for their efforts and sporting nature. To eliminate them, the YouTuber installed a device on these players that pop when they are eliminated.
According to MrBeast, the video cost a whopping £2.6 million, £1.4 million for sets and production and £1.12 million for the cash prizes, and was funded by the gaming company Brawl Stars.
While a lot of YouTubers and eminent personalities, including Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, have recreated the show, nobody compares to the madness of MrBeast and his insane execution of this crazy idea.
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