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YouTuber recreates popular Squid Game challenges with huge £342,000 cash prize

A popular YouTuber recreated the challenges from the hit Netflix show Squid Game with contestants competing for a huge $456,000 (£342,000) cash prize.

MrBeast, a popular YouTuber who boasts a huge 76.4 million subscribers, created an elaborate reenactment of the smash-hit Korean Netflix series where people in crushing debt competed in popular children's games with life or death stakes.

MrBeast, real name is Jimmy Donaldson, said on Twitter that he spent $3.5 million (£2.62 million) on the elaborate recreation of the dystopian TV show.

He said that it cost him around $2 million (£!.5 million) to build and produce the set and the video, and the further $1.5 million (£1.12 million) on prizes.

Unlike the show, where are contestants are routinely killed for losing the games, Donaldson gave out $2,000 (£1,500) to every competitor and $10,000 (£7,495) to the runner-up.

Just like the show, the recreation included popular Korean children’s games such as Red Light, Green Light, marbles and tug-of-war using massive sets that took weeks to construct.

But instead of being killed, players were rigged with “wireless explosives” that were packed with fake blood set to burst open when a player was eliminated.

In the tug-of-war and glass bridge challenges, contestants would fall into a foam pit rather than plummeting to their deaths when they lose.

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However, just like the real show, contestants were trembling in fear when trying to cut out shapes from the honeycomb in the “dalgona challenge.”

Donaldson is known for his extravagant videos where he offers his friends and his online followers outlandish prizes if they were willing to compete in absurd challenges, such as when contestants stood in a circle for 12 days for $500,000 (£375,000) cash.

According to Forbes, MrBeast was the second-highest-paid YouTube star in 2020, earning about $24 million (£18 million) and garnering some three billion views.

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However, his latest video has attracted some harsh criticism as many slammed the YouTuber for reenacting a game where rich people exploit the poor for their macabre viewing pleasure.

Others also noted the irony of MrBeast earning ad revenue in a show that sternly denounces capitalism.

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