Are you wondering if it was legal to give people money to people to play Squid Game as Mr. Beast did? You might have seen the video on Youtube.
Mr. Beast, one of the top Youtube stars, put out a video titled “$456,000 Squid Game In Real Life!”
The video has been a hit. It was published 6 days ago, and it already has 126,336,217 views.
If you haven’t seen it, we included it at the end of this article. Check it out. It’s worth the watch.
The video seems to offer everyone that plays $1000 regardless of what happens. At one point, people are offered $4000 to quit. It seems that about ten people take this offer.
The second runner-up got $10,000. And the winner got $456,000.
Apparently, the stages cost Mr. Beast around $2M to build, and the prize money and expenses cost another $1.5M.
We had never seen a Mr. Beast video before. But this one definitely got us to click. But it also made us think, what legal issues could arise?
The first question that came to mind is who owns the rights to Squid Games? Does the creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, own the rights?
According to an article titled “Squid Game creator says he’s not ‘that rich’ after Netflix show’s success” it seems Hwang Dong-hyuk sold the rights to Netflix before the show became a success. Netflix did not offer him a bonus once the show took off.
Therefore, I think it’s safe to assume that Netflix owns the rights to Squid Games. At the end of the video, Mr. Beast gives credit to Hwang Dong-hyuk, but not to Netflix.
It will be interesting to see if Netflix goes after Mr. Beast for money.
Injuries during the games
It doesn’t appear that anyone was injured during the filming of “Squid Game In Real Life!”
A few of the “games” from the show didn’t make it onto Youtube.
For example, the final squid game was too violent. Instead, they played musical chairs.
Also, there was a foam pit under the “tug of war” and “glass running” game. It is also likely that the set wasn’t actually that large. They most likely used CGI.
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Play Squid Game But Be Careful of Sweepstakes law
There is always some risk when you run a contest. Different rules apply to different situations:
- random draw contests (everything is random)
- skill contests (most likely the Squid Game)
- trip contests
Before the games would have started, Mr. Beast would have had each contestant sign a liability release. They also would have signed something that said they understood the rules.
These rules would have been more detailed than those in the Netflix Squid Game.
If I remember correctly, there were only three clauses. And it’s unlikely any of them would have stood up in court. It’s silly that someone could agree that if they stopped playing, they could be shot in the head. And obviously, the contract doesn’t explain that at all.
There is no way that a judge would let the organizers of the Squid Games off the hook because the contestants signed that contract. It says that if the rules are broken, the player will be eliminated. It’s fair to assume that a reasonable person would think that this meant being kicked out of the game. Not shot in the head.
Other Youtube stars will likely have people play the Squid Game as Mr. Beast did. Hopefully, they speak to an attorney first.
As a final note, I thought the last challenge was unfair. It was completely random. I would have preferred to have seen a skill-based final game.
Author: Alistair Vigier