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Youtuber Creates "Real Life Squid Game" Worth $2 Million

James Felton

James Felton

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James Felton

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James is a published author with four pop-history and science books to his name. He specializes in history, strange science, and anything out of the ordinary.

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YouTuber MrBeast has created a video based on the show Squid Game. The Korean Netflix series centers around the wealthy elite making destitute people compete for billions of dollars.

Just like in the series, the 456 contestants had a chance of winning the whole sum of prize money should they survive all the children's games arranged for them. Unlike the show, there was close to zero chance of anyone dying trying. Rather than death, whenever a contestant was "killed", a blood pack attached to them would explode, signaling their elimination from the games.

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The sets were impressively recreated, at the cost of around $2 million, with a further $1.5 million going on prize money.  

Though the game sets were praised for their accuracy and liked by a lot of folks over on YouTube, the video wasn't without its detractors. Some felt MrBeast had missed the message of the TV show, with some calling it "tone-deaf".

 

 

For safety, the infamous "tug of war" took place over a big tub of foam, the same foam pit that would save players from their fall off the glass bridge game. With their lives not in the balance, the contestants took the challenge with a slightly more rational approach than their fictional counterparts, in that nobody got thrown over the edge. However, they left it so long that four players were unable to make it within the time limit.

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Despite this, they ended up with six survivors going into the final game, which mathematically makes a lot of sense. If you figure it out, which of course people have, you would expect each player to pass on information about two steps along the bridge, meaning that by the time you get to player 10 they are likely to survive. 

Were they to play it completely emotionlessly, and with perfect memory, there would be around 75 percent chance of them making it through with 10 deaths or fewer, leaving six people to go on to the final challenge. 

The final game, rather than the titular Squid Game, was a round of musical chairs, as the rules of the original game aren't widely known outside of South Korea. Number 079 won the game, taking home the $456,000 prize money.


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