‘Blue Whale’ Game in News

The Blue Whale Game 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. Warning: Therefore, Don’t Play The Blue Whale Challenge.

The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.

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.

Later, Budeikin was arrested and pled guilty to “inciting at least 16 teenage girls to commit suicide”.

Ilya Sidorov, believed to be an administrator of the game, has also reportedly been arrested in Moscow.

India woke up to the Blue Whale alarm, after a boy in Mumbai’s Andheri area committed suicide.

In Kerala two mothers whose sons killed themselves recently, claimed that their children were playing Blue Whale. There have been calls to ban the game and some states have already done so.