Netflix announced Squid Game was officially returning for season 2 on June 12, 2022. 

The South Korean dystopian survival thriller premiered on September 17, 2021, and took the world by storm. It was the most-watched series Netflix had ever released, clocking in 1.65 billion watch hours in its first 28 days of release. 

In case you have not watched it yet, the series follows a group of 456 adults who are given a chance to compete in a series of games to win money that would allow them to pay off their debts. 

Most Korean dramas usually wrap up in one season with 12 to 24 episodes, but Squid Game left its season one ending pretty open, leaving plenty of room for season 2. 

And of course, fans were excited at the news, but perhaps no one was more excited than the extravagantly generous YouTube personality, MrBeast

The YouTuber replied to Netflix’s tweet, “Can you make the challenges easier to do in real life this time? Haha.”

MrBeast Teases ‘Squid Game’ Follow Up 

To understand MrBeast’s tweet, we need to backtrack it a little. For those out of the loop, the YouTuber, known for hosting large-scale YouTube competitions, created a real-life version of the Squid Game

MrBeast with 456 contestants from the set of his Squid Game video

MrBeast with 456 contestants from the set of his Squid Game video. (Source: Instagram)

He replicated everything from the sets and costumes and even got the seal of approval from Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk.

Like the series, he invited 456 random players to compete in a tournament, offering the winner a $456,000 cash prize.  In his version, none of the players were killed off when they were eliminated. 

MrBeast revealed that making the video cost over $3.5million, a minuscule amount compared to Netflix’s $21.4million. 

However, just because the YouTuber spent less money does not mean it was lacking in impact. 

The recreation broke the YouTube record of most views garnered for a video within 24 hours until it was dethroned by Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. 


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And if his tweet is anything to go by, MrBeast is surely bringing his recreation to fans after season 2 is released. 

MrBeast Wants to Be Part of ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’

Additionally, Netflix is bringing Squid Game to life with Squid Game: The Challenge, a reality competition series that contestants will get to participate in. 

Four hundred fifty-six real players will enter the game and compete in a series of games inspired by the original show, plus new additions in pursuit of a life-changing reward of $4.56 million. 

On June 14, 2022, Netflix announced it was looking for fans to sign up for the games. And one such fan who showed keen interest in participating was MrBeast. 

“Let me be a part of one of the challenges please,” he tweeted to Netflix. Many of his fans supported the YouTuber, claiming he should sign up for the show, and even if he did not, Netflix should invite him to be part of the production team.