Story at a glance:

  • A popular YouTube producer said if his TikTok video reached 10 million he would recreate the smash hit Netflix Korean drama series "Squid Game.”
  • It surpassed 15 million likes this week.
  • In the United Arab Emirates, the games have been reenacted.

A popular YouTube producer promised to recreate the smash hit Netflix Korean drama series "Squid Game" if his TikTok video reached 10 million likes. 

And it did. 

The video from 23-year-old Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson, who has a YouTube following of more than 71 million, surpassed 15 million likes this week, Business Insider reported.

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For those out of the loop, "Squid Game" is a Korean series on Netflix where financially disadvantaged strangers compete in a deadly series of challenges based on traditional Korean games.

In the first episode, the players play Red Light, Green Light — a children's game where, in the show, an animatronic traffic officer controls the direction of the players by yelling, “red light,” meaning players must immediately freeze, and “green light," meaning players can advance to the finish line. In the show, contestants face dire consequences if they lose. 

The cash prize in the show is worth $38 million.

Since its Sept. 17 debut on Netflix, "Squid Game" has become the platform's top show in the U.S., and Ted Sarandos, Netflix's co-CEO, said "Squid Game" is on its way to becoming the streaming service’s biggest show of all time. 

In MrBeast’s TikTok, he took the series audio from Red Light, Green Light while he explained his public challenge.

"If this TikTok gets 10M likes, I'll recreate Squid Game in real life." The video is captioned. "It's in your hands [sic] tik tok."

The video has reached more than 15 million likes as of Wednesday. 

While there is no indication what MrBeast’s rendition of Squid Games would look like or play like, in the United Arab Emirates the games have been reenacted. But of course, no one was harmed in the making.

On Oct. 12, about 30 people played four out of the six games inside an Abu Dhabi office. 

The prizes are green tracksuits similar to those featured on the show.


Published on Oct 14, 2021