MrBeast: YouTuber creates REAL ‘Squid Game’ with $465K prize, ‘irony’ shocks Internet


Hundreds of financially-strapped ‘Squid Game’ fans recently competed for a $456,000 cash prize in a real-life replica of the dystopian Netflix series! MrBeast (real name Jimmy Donaldson), a popular YouTuber with 76.4 million subscribers, said the elaborate recreation, in which 456 entrants competed for the jackpot, cost him $3.5 million.

The remake incorporated the same Korean children’s games shown in ‘Squid Game’ including Red Light, Green Light, marbles, and tug-of-war, all of which were built in massive sets that took weeks to assemble. However, unlike in the tense drama, no contestants were hurt.

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Players were rigged with motion detector explosives that had fake blood (YouTube)

Instead, players were outfitted with “wireless bombs” with fake blood that would detonate when a player was eliminated. Losing contestants in the tug-of-war and glass bridge competitions were thrown into a foam pit rather than falling to their deaths. However, true to pattern, real-life “Squid Game” competitors were shown shivering as they attempted to carve figures out of honeycomb in the “dalgona task”.


Jimmy Donaldson’s ‘Squid Game’ reenactment isn’t the first time he’s done something like this on his YouTube channel. Donaldson is known for enticing his online fans to partake in crazy challenges for instance one can take anything they want if they keep it inside a set confined space and much more. 

MrBeast recreated the ‘Squid Game’ tasks ( YouTube)

According to Forbes, the social media sensation was the second-highest paid YouTube personality in 2020, earning almost $24 million and receiving over 3 billion views. However, users have lambasted Donaldson for reenacting a game about rich people exploiting the poor for their ghoulish watching pleasure in his most recent video.  Others remarked on the absurdity of Donaldson generating ad revenue by remaking a show that vehemently opposes capitalism.

One User commented on Twitter, “Totally impressed by the massive production and planning behind a YouTube video. That Hollywood scale!” Another User complained, “So the irony is like just completely lost on you isn’t it?” A person commented, “So when the world record for biggest budget for a YouTube video”.

Another user said, “The video was absolutely superb could have watched for another 2 hours! Well done and congratulations to you and the rest of the team phenomenal!”





Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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