What is Blue Whale death challenge & How it has taken life of 17 young students

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The “Blue Whale” game has emerged and gained popularity in social media as “Blue Whale” challenge, in which the participator has to complete all the challenge within 50 days of his/her joining.

The joiner has to complete each of the tasks within 50 days, the tasks involve things such as cutting one’s wrists and hands, and waking up in the middle of the the night to watch psychedelic and horror videos. At the end of the challenge the participant is manipulated to commit suicide, if they don’t their family/ loved ones will be harmed.

A 14 year old teen reported in India to be the 1st Indian victim of “Blue Whale” dare. This game is still influencing people despite its creator Philipp Budeikin arrested last month. 

A Russian Siberian court sentenced 3 years of jail to the 22-year-old Russian creator for influencing youths to kill themselves.
During an interview in Russia with Saint Petersburg News in May, Philipp Budeikin was asked if he really pushed teenagers to suicide intentionally and he accepted that and said, “Yes”, “I truly was doing that. Don’t worry, you’ll understand everything. Everyone will understand”.

What is Budeikin’s Challenge is all about?

‘The Blue Whale Challenge’ started in 2013, initially Budeikin used to make online contact with people in which most were teenagers – so he could decide who would play the game successfully. He ask people to talk about themselves, Skype them and ask them to watch gory and depressing content online. Then he will select those, who seem weak enough to be manipulated.

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Blue whale challenge of cutting hand

After selecting the participant to play “Blue Whale Challenge” , the admins of the game will assign daily tasks to the players. The game begins with fairly basic tasks, but continually increases the psycho tasks such as cutting veins, killing an animal and finally which will be ending with suicide.
Each task also needs to be photographed or videotaped, so the admins have proof of completion and authenticity, including the final suicide.
The game got its name from one of the first disturbing challenges of the game, where players were asked to draw a blue whale on a piece of paper, and then told to carve the whale onto their body.
Budeikin claimed that the psychological manipulation he was administrating was intended to make the ‘victims’ happy. He said he was giving them the warmth and understanding that they didn’t get in their lives.
His motives for driving them to suicide were far less empathetic though.
“There are people – and there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society. I was cleaning our society of such people”, Budeikin said during the interview with Saint Petersburg News.
He denied reports that he and his game were directly responsible for over 130 deaths, stating that he had only directly influenced 17 deaths. He said others had communicated with him and committed suicide later, but without any direct influence from him. Chillingly, he said that there were 28 more people ready to take their lives.

About Budeikin:

Budeikin was a sound engineering and psychology student for three years and after that he was expelled. He has confessed that his mother and older brother used to hit him while he was growing up. He has also confessed that he is bipolar. Credits: Times Of India

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