What started in Russia as a game is now popular in the world as a death trap. Yes, i am talking about the scary “Blue Whale” game. It all started in 2013 when Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student in Russia invented the game with a purpose to “clean” the society from those people who he deemed as having no value. But the game caught attention of the people in 2016 when suicide reports being linked to the game started coming in.
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. Tasks given to the players include 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, standing on a bridge and roof, and watching videos sent to the challengers by the administrator.
The game caused a global outrage when reports of children and teenagers committing suicide started wide spreading all over the world. People of around 20 countries have felt victim to the dreadful game. One of the countries highly affected by the game is India. Apart from the leading the race among the other countries for the highest number of Blue Whale challenge related searches, India has also reportedly linked 10 deaths to the game with children as small as 13 years.
Although strict measures including banning the game have been taken by the government, deaths of similar nature are still being reported.
The game is based on the relationship between the challengers (also called players or participants) 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.
A 16-year-old boy from Kerala in Southern India was reported to have committed suicide on 26 July 2017, after playing the online Blue Whale game. Hailing from the city of Thiruvananthapuram, it was said he ended his life after allegedly completing the tasks of this deadly game. Recalling the ordeal, the mother of the deceased told the media, the boy had committed suicide after deleting all the games from his mobile phone. Acknowledging that her son had informed her about playing the fatal game, she said she had persuaded him to refrain from playing it, but to no avail. She also said he had downloaded the game nine months ago and that he told her not to worry if he dies soon. His mother also revealed that he used to visit cemeteries during the night and go to the beach alone. One of the tasks assigned to the players involved watching the horror videos sent to them by promoters of the game, it is believed. The boy had also drawn on his wrist with a compass, his mother said, adding that he had offered to donate his organs after his death.
Why bother reading incidents of other countries when you can about your own? Yes, you read it right. Teenagers of Pakistan have started sharing horrific pictures of themselves on social media while performing these disgusting tasks sent to them by the administrator of the game. Some have even commented on the pictures showing support to the challenger.
We as parents, siblings and colleagues must try our best to put an end to this life threatening game. We can not let these tricks of the devil fool us into taking our own lives. If any of us know about anyone that is trapped into this game, they should take immediate action. We should consider this our responsibility to completely eliminate such foolish games from our nation. Those who are even trying the game just to feed their curiosity must abstain from doing so as their information can also be hacked when they access the game.