The Blue Whale Game or The Blue Whale Challenge, is an Internet “game” that is claimed to exist in several countries. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.
This psychopathic game started in Russia four years ago on a social networking site called VKontakte. It has already claimed over 130 lives in Russia. It allegedly led to its first suicide in 2015. Philipp Budeikin, a psychology student claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin, who was thrown out of his university, said he was attempting to weed out the society by encouraging those who have no value to take their lives. Other reports claim that the mastermind behind the game, a postman called Ilya Sidorov, 26, was arrested in Moscow, Russia. He used to encourage teenagers to hurt themselves and eventually commit suicide.
What is worrying is that despite the common knowledge that the deadly game started and spread on VKontakte, which is a hugely popular site in Russia, no checks were brought in place to contain the network. One can easily create a VKontakte account and once you log in and search for #bluewhale, you come across psychotic, extremely depressing messages of young people desperately wanting to play the game and end their lives. Their profiles are as macabre as it can get. There are pictures of self-injury, ghosts and horrifying sketches of people bleeding and trying to kill themselves.
“Game” Structure: What’s the game?
According to reports, the Blue Whale game or Blue Whale Challenge is a game based on the relationship between the challengers (also called players or participants) and the administrators. It involves a series of duties given by the administrators that players must complete, usually one per day, some of which involve self-mutilation. Some tasks can be given in advance, while others can be passed on by the administrators on that day, the last task being suicide.
A participant is given a daily task to complete for a period of 50 days. A group of administrators ask participants to share photos of the challenges completed by them. The final task generally is committing suicide. The list of tasks, to be completed in 50 days includes waking up at 4:20 A.M., climbing a crane, carving a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm, doing secret tasks, poking a needle to the arm or leg, standing on a bridge and roof, listening to music, and watching videos sent to the challengers by the administrator. One of these music videos was originally for Norwegian singer Emilie Nicolas’ upbeat song “Pstereo” (filmed in Scotland). It had been dubbed by the administrator and set to BENY’s hauntingly somber remix of Australian singer Sarah Blasko’s country-folkish song “All I Want” (video filmed in Victoria, Australia). Subsequently, nature of tasks start to become bloody and dangerous. The participants are asked to carve out shapes on one’s skin, self-mutilation and eventually the extreme step.
Reports say that the game originated in Russia. There are other names of the game exist- A Secret House, A Silent House, A Sea of Whales, F57 or F-57 and is mostly played on VKontakte, Instagram and Snapchat. Schools and police officials in Europe and America have issued advisories to parents urging them to be vigilant and to keep an eye out on what their children are sharing on their social media accounts.