The Blue Whale Game (Russian: Синий кит, Siniy kit) also “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.
Blue Whale Challenge, A Deadly Internet Game
Blue Whale began in Russia in 2013 with “F57”, one of the names of the so-called “death group” of the VKontakte social network, and allegedly caused its first suicide in 2015 Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student who was expelled from his university, claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin stated that his purpose was to “clean” the society by pushing to suicide those he deemed as having no value.
In Russia in 2016, Blue Whale came into broader use among teenagers after a journalist brought attention to it through an article that linked many unrelated suicide victims to the Blue Whale, creating a wave of moral panic in Russia. Later, Budeikin was arrested and pled guilty to “inviting at least 16 teenage girls to commit suicide”, leading to Russian suicide prevention legislation and renewed worldwide concern over the Blue Whale phenomenon. It has also been linked to other rising self-harm trends, such as “human embroidery” in China.
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Blue Whale Challenge Game structure
The game is based on the relationship between the players 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.
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 in the arm or leg, standing on a bridge and roof, listening to music, and watching videos sent to the players 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).
Reported cases of suicide by Blue Whale Challenge game
- Juan Province, Argentina, a 14-year-old boy
- In La Plata, the grandparents of a 12-year-old girl
- San Martín de Paraná hospital in the province of Entre Ríos, 16-year-old Benjamín Palavecino
In Brazil, the game left victims in Mato Grosso, Uberlândia, Manhuaçu, Pará de Minas and Belo Horizonte, in Minas Gerais, as well as in Feira de Santana, Bahia, Juazeiro, Rio de Janeiro, In the state of Paraná, Florestópolis.Maceió, Deputy Pastor João Luiz.in Recife, a 19-year-old girl, A 15-year-old student
In the Chilean city of Antofagasta, a mother reported to the police that her 12-year-old daughter had 15 cuts on her arm that formed the design of a whale.[
A 13-year-old girl in Padre Las Casas played the game along with three other friends. The girl reached the tenth stage, making cuts in her arms.
An 11-year-old boy in Temuco accepted an invitation to join the game on Facebook from an unidentified woman, but declined to participate after being contacted by a profile named “Ballena Azul”.[
In Ningbo City, Zhejiang, a suicide group was founded by a 10-year-old girl who posted several photos of her self-mutilation related to the Blue Whale.
On 27 May 2017, Rustavi 2 TV reported that a 12-year-old girl tried to commit suicide, allegedly as part of the game.
On 30th July 2017, a 14-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of an Andheri (East) building in the city of Mumbai.
Italy, Kenya, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Venezuela, Uruguay, United States, Spain there are tens of country where this is happening.