A YouTuber recreated Squid Game at a cost of $3.5 million with a $456k prize

Thumbnail from $456,000 Squid Game In Real Life video from Mr. Beast
There are spoilers for this YouTube video which don’t reveal the winner
I first saw this story on JustJared and was kind of floored that a YouTuber would have enough resources to pull this off, but that just shows I don’t pay enough attention to the most popular YouTubers. I asked my teenage son if he’d heard of Mr. Beast, the YouTuber with 80 million(!) subscribers who recreated Squid Game complete with 456 contestants and every game from the series. My son had heard of him and he said he finds him annoying. Having watched the competition, I completely understand that sentiment, however it was entertaining. It was also horrifying, especially when they recreated the red light green light game complete with little exploding packs under the contestants’ shirts. As a twist the marble game paired up the people who were best friends. That part was almost as sad as during the real show!

This video was sponsored by a mobile game company called Brawl Stars and you could tell because the production value was amazing. Everything looked straight from the set of Squid Game, including the marble game set which looked the same, like a South Korean neighborhood. The total cost for the resulting was $3.5 million. Here’s more, from The Independent.

Youtube star MrBeast has created a real-life version of Squid Game by inviting 456 random players to compete in a tournament offering a $456,000 (£342,000) cash prize for the winner…

The internet personality, who boasts 76.2 million subscribers, documented the entire process of constructing the real-life recreation of the Squid Game set.

“I recreated every single step from Squid Game in real-life,” MrBeast says towards the beginning of the video.

Kicking the Game off with “Red light, Green light”, the YouTuber explained: “Every single player has a device strapped to them, that when they’re eliminated, it pops.”

MrBeast revealed that making the video cost over $3.5million, and the funding of it was provided to him by the mobile game company Brawl Stars.

The entire sum was divided into two parts – $2m for set building and production, and $1.5m for cash prizes.

[From The Independent]

Along with the competition video there’s also a behind the scenes video that shows how they planned out the massive sets and prepared for filming. It’s truly impressive how much work went into this. Mr. Beast has a whole production team and a warehouse. Filming, editing and special effects were accomplished in about ten days.

I went into this wanting to dislike it, but it was entertaining. The glass walkway scene was truly stressful too. It started off feeling exploitive like the show but the fact that everyone went home alive with money made it no worse than any other game show. People weren’t getting physically hurt like on Wipeout, but it surely was psychologically stressful.

In that video Mr. Beast promised to give $10k away to a random subscriber. He’s since received several million subscribers and millions in publicity for this. After looking at his other videos, which include “Offering People $100,000 To Quit Their Job” and “I Spent 50 Hours Buried Alive,” I’m not going to subscribe. Also, my son told me this guy has a burger franchise called Mr. Beast Burger. Apparently they just operate out of existing restaurants and you have to order on an app.

Thumbnail from Extreme $100,000 Game of Tag! from Mr. Beast

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  1. Leslie says:

    I hope all those people are vaccinated

  2. Minnie says:

    Talk about missing the entire point of the show…

  3. Pinkosaurus says:

    I watched this my tween son last night. It was entertaining and we were really impressed with the sets and the game play. I can’t believe Vegas hasn’t created this as an attraction yet – you could do a $100 buy in, use half for the prize and I think people would be lining up at the door for a chance in win and just as a fun activity.

  4. Kristen says:

    This is so gross. To recreate those games is terrible in and of itself, but then to spend that kind of money to do it seems to entirely miss the point of the show… or like, human decency.

  5. K.T says:

    I watch a lot of YouTube & look at the analytics. And Mr Beast is one of the smartest & slickest YouTubers in a very competitive market made for the attention span of the average zoomer tween. He purposely ups the stakes & budget & costs of his main channel videos to hype up for massive views…and apparently makes a loss on that channel… but he has at least two other ‘lower wattage’ and cheap to produce you tube channels that make money. It’s a good strategy.

    • molly says:

      I’m the parent of zoomer tweens, and MrBeast is really savvy. He’s annoying AF, but he understand the business of his brand. (And heaven help me, but his cheeseburgers are REALLY good.)

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    I see Covid games…..

  7. els says:

    Do those guys understand what the series was trying to call out? Even way before SG, Hunger Games did it, Battle Royal did it. It’s a criticism on social inequality. I’m genuinely concern by the teens these days who tried to emulate the show on TikTok and now this… And yeah, not very Covid especially now that the virus is rising again…

  8. Barbiem says:

    Started to watch this, saw about 5 min and stopped. I enjoyed watching squid games. I binged it. I know its not real but I dont know…it felt like playing cowboys and Indians. I cant really explain the uneasiness I felt.

  9. Kkat says:

    He also does a ton of charity. He will buy out entire grocery stores and donate it.
    He got every pet in a shelter adopted.
    He organized the highly successful team trees planting thing. 22 million trees worldwide so far

    Try not just looking at the sensational things he does to raise the money to do those things

    • North of Boston says:

      We aren’t supposed to examine or question how people make money if they donate some to charities?

      That doesn’t make sense.

  10. pushalusha says:

    I’ve been a fan of MrBeast for a while and I can say with all my heart that he’s one of the good YouTubers. The amount of money he gave away, people and businesses and dogs that he’s helped is enormously generous. On top of cars, gadgets, toys and all kinds of goods.. he’s really like Santa j). Watched this video yesterday as well and was amazed at the backlash he got when to me it seems like he was trying to “correct” the tv series a bit, or “net out” the unfairness of reality by making sure people had fun and got home with money. ✌️

  11. JenFem says:

    Mr. Beast is really great, his videos are very entertaining and he gives a massive amount to charity. Not to mention tons of cash to all the random people who participate in his content-generating videos. He’s awesome! No need to bash Mr. Beast. My 12 year old son introduced me to his channel.