Saudi Arabia has barred 47 games statewide after two teenagers allegedly killed themselves after being influenced by the online-suicide challenge assigned by the game owner.
According to Associated Press, the Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said yesterday that a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy have taken their own lives after playing a social media game known as Blue Whale. Also called the Blue Whale Challenge, the disturbing social media phenomenon is a form of extreme cyber-bullying, though the agency did not say what the connection was.
The Commission said, “It was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher, for unspecified violations of rules and regulations”, on Monday.
The notorious game “Blue Whale” has been banned by the most of the countries around the world after several suicide cases emerged which purportedly believed to be linked with the game.
The game comprised of 50 challenges- from watching horror movie by staying up all night to strolling at strange hours and self-harming- assigned to users over social media per day, And last task is supposed to commit suicide. The game was generally aimed at the depressed people.
Although, the master mind behind this game Philipp Budeikin, a Russian psychology student, is behind bars after he confessed to inventing the challenge. He was sentenced to three years in a Russian prison, but the with the surfacing of recent suicide incident, it is to be believed that game is still enacted.
Here are some of the notable games that have been banned by Saudi Arabia:
Agents of Mayhem
Assassins Creed 2
Grand Theft Auto V
God of War 1
Clash of the Titans
Street Fighter V