There are a number of popular games on Android and they are popular for good reasons. However, Blue Whale Challenge is a completely different game and is now being known as the ‘deadly suicide game’. The targeted demographic of the game is mostly teenagers. Users or rather contestants are given challenges by the administrator and they have to send them picture after completion of every challenge. Those who play this game have to end the game by losing their life.
The game is primarily played via VKontakte or VK, a social networking site where the game administrator finds players through the ‘death groups’ created on the website and then accepts the player. The game runs for 50 days, with a new challenge each day. These challenges become sinister as the game progresses, and include anything from harming yourself and ending the game by taking your own life.
In the last challenge, the curator of the game emotionally blackmails the challenger to suicide. Blue whale has resulted in 130 deaths in Russia from 2015 to 2016. It is reported that the game is spreading to other countries across the globe including Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Italy, Kenya, Spain and many more countries. It is also reported that the game has resulted in a lot of deaths, however, there is no official confirmation that all the deaths were due to the game.
According to the some reports, Yulia Konstantinova, a 15 year old girl, who was playing this game before committing suicide, uploaded blue whale on her Instagram and uploaded her status “end” on VK. Police has also saved many teens who were playing this ridiculous game. The games origin is linked to Russia and was developed by Philipp Budeikin, a 21 year old boy, who has confessed his crime and is right now in prison.
According to him, the victims who kill themselves are biological waste and he is cleaning the society. It is quite evident that maker of the app is not fit mentally. Governments have been trying to ban and take down this game but the game exists under many aliases all over internet such as, ‘A Silent House’, ‘A Sea of Whales’ and ‘Wake Me Up at 4:20 AM’.