Hundreds of cash-strapped Squid Game fans competed in a real-life recreation of the dystopian smash-hit Netflix series for a $456,000 (roughly around RM1,934,000) cash prize.
According to Insider, popular YouTuber MrBeast, who has over 76.4 million subscribers, said he spent $3.5 million on the elaborate reenactment in which 456 contestants battled for the jackpot.
The social media star, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, said on Twitter that it cost him around $2 million to build and produce, while he spent around $1.5 million on prizes.
Recreating Squid Games is costing more then I thought it would but i’m in to deep to stop now lol pic.twitter.com/Z196lyz4Ig
— MrBeast (@MrBeast) November 7, 2021
In addition to the six-figure first prize, MrBeast will be giving out $2,000 to every competitor and $10,000 to the runner-up.
The recreation included the same Korean children’s games played in Squid Game, such as Red Light, Green Light, marbles and tug-of-war — in huge sets that took weeks to construct.
Premiered yesterday (25 Nov), the 25-minute video does Squid Game about as accurately as you can – well, without actually committing murder. Everyone in the video wore costumes inspired by the show including MrBeast who was wearing the Gamemaster’s black clothing.
Watch the full video, here: