MrBeast gains 9.2 million YouTube subscribers in the month of his $3.5 million “Squid Game” recreation


American creator MrBeast has gained over 9.2 million YouTube subscribers in a month after his real-life take on Netflix’s K-drama “Squid Game” became a hit.

“Squid Game” in real life: Jimmy Donaldson, known as MrBeast to his social media followers, premiered his long-awaited version of “Squid Game” on his official YouTube channel on November 24.

  • The actual game, which cost more than $3.5 million to produce, featured 456 players wearing green tracksuits who competed in various games for the chance to win a $456,000 prize. The competitors were chosen from his TikTok followers.

  • Donaldson’s video, titled “Real life $456,000 calamari game!featured games from the original series such as “Red Light, Green Light”, “Honeycomb”, “Tug of War”, “Marbles” and “Glass Bridge”. It also included the Korean game “Ddakji” in place of the deadly brawl that takes place in the show as well as musical chairs instead of the titular ending game.

  • Unlike the original show, in which losing players are killed, a device strapped under the players’ shirts is triggered to leak a brownish liquid to indicate their elimination. All losers, however, could still take home cash as a consolation prize, with some receiving up to $4,000.

  • The video, which has garnered over 133 million views to date, surprised viewers with Donaldson’s ability to recreate sets from the original Netflix series. He also surprised his viewers by announcing a $10,000 giveaway to a random subscriber who subscribes to his channel before December 1.

  • According to Esports point, Donaldson broke the record for the most YouTube subscribers gained in a month, taking his channel to a total of 82.6 million subscribers. It received a weekly average of 2.1 million new subscribers and a daily average of over 300,000 throughout November.

When he’s not recreating the hit Netflix series, Donaldson is known for his stunts in which he hands over large sums of money to strangers. It currently holds the position of the seventh most subscribed YouTube account.

Image selected via MrBeast

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