YouTuber Under Fire for Recreating Every Challenge in ‘Squid Game’

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A YouTuber going by the handle MrBeast has recently recreated every challenge in the “Squid Game” series.

And, it’s safe to say, he’s come under a lot of fire because of it.

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Keep scrolling to find out what people had to say.

Now, if you’ve not heard about Squid Game, where have you been?

Created and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the tantalizing thriller tells the story of “hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.”

It quickly became the first Korean drama to rank at number 1 on Netflix…

And managed to do so only 4 days after its release, beating out other popular K-dramas such as Vincenzo and It’s Okay Not To Be Okay.

It also received a 100% rating on Rotton Tomatoes and a solid 8.3/10 on IMDb.

That’s pretty impressive if you ask us…

During the Code conference, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and Head of Content spoke out about the success, saying this:

Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure [and has] a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.

“We did not see that coming, in terms of its global popularity,” he also admitted.

After seeing the show’s success, Hwang Dong-hyuk was asked if we would be getting another season…

At first, he spoke to Variety where Hwang admitted that the process of creating the hit Netflix show has been stressful and it’s not something he’s ready to re-do because of his lack of “teamwork.”

He also said:

“In my earlier days, I’d drink half a bottle of soju [Korean alcohol] to get the creative juices flowing. I can’t do that anymore,” Hwang said. “Writing [Squid Game] was harder than normal for me as it was a series, not a film. It took me 6 months to write and rewrite the first 2 episodes. Then I consulted verbally with friends, and picked up clues for improvements through my own pitching and from their responses.”

However, he did add this on the prospect of writing another season:

“I don’t have well-developed plans for ‘Squid Game 2.’ It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors.”

But his hesitation dissapeared not long after this confession, comfiriming that we will in fact be getting a 2nd season!

Speaking to Associated Press, he confirmed the happy news.

Here’s an English translation for all the non-Korean speaking fans out there: “So there’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season. So I almost feel like you leave us no choice! But I will say there will indeed be a second season. It’s in my head right now. I’m in the planning process currently. But I do think it’s too early to say when and how that’s going to happen. So I will promise you this…(in English) Gi-Hun will come back, and he will do something for the world.”

The creator even has people inspired to dig deep into the meaning of the series.

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As most people who have watched it will know, it sends a powerful message about the socioeconomic divide, and how the poor are exploited by the rich, and this, is something people on platforms like TikTok are fascinated by.

And now, a YouTube creator has decided to recreate every challenge from Squid Game


Jimmy Donaldson, going by his YouTube handle, MrBeast, told his followers that if he got a whopping 10 million likes, he’ll build every single challenge from the series. And just like that, he found himself having to give his fans exactly what he promised.

With the video reaching over seventeen million likes.

And Donaldson admitted that his recreation is costing him more than he thought, and is in too deep to “stop now.”

It was even reported that he’s spent a rough total of $2 million.

He’s definitely dedicated to his fans, giving the 456 contestants a chance to earn up to $1.5 million in prize giveaways.

But, as always, people have had mixed opinions on it all…

With some even claiming that it represents a heck of a lot more than some childhood games.

Ouch.

But, there were some people who defended him.

Oh yes, it’s always good to mention that his ‘recreation’ of the show is slightly different. It doesn’t involve any murder. All he’ll do is ask those who lose to leave the competition.

We’ve not got long to wait until we see his video either…

With MrBeast Tweeting today that the video is complete.

And if you’re curious to see the set he spent $2 million on… Here it is.

What do you think?