The Blue Whale Game

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February 18, 2019

What is the game?


The Blue Whale Game began in Russia on social media. It consists of a series of tasks that are given to players by the administrators. The tasks are given over a 50 day period and start off seemingly harmless at first, but would slowly include self-harm and lead up to final challenge: suicide

The game itself is named after a phenomenon called cetacean stranding where whales and dolphins beach themselves and die.

The aim of this game is to break the spirit of the players and to encourage them to commit suicide.

The Tasks


The game is made up of 50 tasks and they are given to a player via a curator. Some reports state that they would need to send photographs after each task to prove that they had completed it. 

The following are some tasks rumoured to have been part of the game:
  1. Wake up at 04:20am and watch a scary video provided by the curator.
  2. Draw a whale on a piece of paper.
  3. Cut your lip.
  4. Watch scary videos all day.
  5. Go to a roof and stand on the edge.
  6. Climb a crane.
  7. Write yes on their leg if they are ready to be a whale.
  8. Speak to another whale.
  9. Meet another whale.
  10. Do not talk all day.
  11. Sit on the edge of the roof with your legs dangling.
  12. Carve a blue whale into your arm.

How do people start playing?


The game is run through social media and the admins target vulnerable young people online. The admin looks at the comment sections on several different websites to find their players. It is a sick game that was created to goad young players to self-harm and commit suicide. People are invited to play this game and are contacted directly asking if they would like to play.

Who created this game?


The game is named after a phenomenon where whales and dolphins beach themselves and die. 
The Blue Whale Game was created by a young Russian man called Phillip Budeikin. He claims that the young people that were targeted were a biological waste and he was cleansing society. He was 22 years old when he was sentenced, and admitted that he would intentionally push the young players to commit suicide. 

He would select people that he considered to be weak and easily manipulated to play his game. When questioned about the game he claimed that he had personally influenced 17 people to commit suicide. After he was sentenced he was still receiving love letters from girls still under his influence.

When the authorities investigated the game they found 130 separate cases of suicide linked to it. This included the sad story of 2 young girls that took their lives together in Siberia by jumping off of a building. It was linked to the game by the posts the girls added to their social media right before they died.

What can we do to stop this happening again?


It is unknown how many people are currently taking part in this game, or even how many people have become victims of it. 

Now that the game has gone viral we are aware that games like this exist on the internet, which means we need to start educating ourselves and vulnerable young people. The internet is fantastic but it can also be dangerous. This doesn't just mean educating them on the game specifically, but about the dangers of the internet when talking to strangers.

We need to start talking about social media and what is and isn't safe to share online. If someone is unhappy or struggling they need to be encouraged to seek help and support from people they know and trust. I believe we all share too much online, and this leaves us vulnerable to these games and the wicked people that run them.

What do you think of this game and the people that run it? Please let me know in the comments below!
13 comments on "The Blue Whale Game"
  1. How scary is this!! Absolutely sick that someone would intentionally target young, vulnerable people to do such a thing. Awful!

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  2. I’d heard of this before but didn’t know all of the details. It’s horrible that someone can have no remorse for manipulating children into doing something awful!

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  3. This is so horrible! I heard about it before but I never knew that much about it. Anyone who stands by their actions after doing that is wrong in the head and deserves what’s coming to them.

    Amber x | unequivocallyamber.wordpress.com

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  4. This is so incredibly scary! I feel like I remember the two girls that jumped off a building and killed themselves. It's so scary that someone has got inside victims heads and encouraged them to do this.

    Shannon |www.shannonkims.com

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  5. I remember watching a few YouTubers talking about this in their videos, in particular I remember Shane Dawson covering it. I just remember being so creeped out by the whole concept that someone can control you that much over the internet. It makes me feel sick to think how people can take advantage of such young people like that, playing with their lives literally as though it's a game. I really hope it's something that we can all learn from and not fall into these dark places that the internet will probably unfortunately always have.

    Alice x

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  6. I had never heard of it before but how awful this is!!!!!

    Anaïs | http://anais-n.com

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  7. I hadn't heard of this before reading this post but omg how can someone be so cruel to prey on young people and try to force them to commit suicide like that?! I've never known anything like it, absolutely disgusting!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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  8. I've never heard of the game but I have seen a movie with a very similar storyline to this game. However the victim in that movie received phone calls, but still needed to provide photos after each task.

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  9. Unbelievable that anyone would come up with something like this

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  10. So horrifying that a 22 year old can lead others to suicide like this, especially so many.

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    1. I know! It's pure evil and I couldn't believe it when I heard about it myself.

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  11. Shocking! Only one thing to say: Russian :(

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  12. This is so creepy. I dont understand some people. How sad for those who died x

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