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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

What is the Blue Whale Challenge?

London, 01 September, (

The sinister internet game The Blue Whale Challenge emerged in 2013 and is believed to be linked to the deaths of around 130 young people.

According to Metro news of London, the Blue Whale Challenge is a game that exists online and sees curators of the game seeking out impressionable teens through social media before subjecting them to a 50-day challenge.

At the end of the challenge, the person is ‘challenged’ to commit suicide.

Metro news further adds –

The person subjected to the challenge must complete each of the disturbing tasks that help the curator manipulate them into finally killing themselves.

Tasks in The Blue Whale Challenge include things like self-harm and waking up in the middle of the night to watch psychedelic horror videos.

At the end of the challenge, the participant is instructed to commit suicide. If they don’t, their family or loved ones – the curator says – will be harmed.

They must video or document every task they complete, as proof to the curators that they have completed the task.

The game began in Russia in 2013 and it is believed that 130 people have so far taken their own lives as a result of the challenges.

The ‘curators’ or the ‘taskmasters’ would seek out young people on social media who wanted to take part in the challenge by searching the hashtags, #i_am_whale #bluewhalechallenge #curatorfindme.

The young people are also challenged to carve a picture of a blue whale into their arm.

The challenge was spread via social media and meant that there were countless numbers of young people exposed to the manipulation.

Earlier this week another person was arrested in connection to the game.

An unnamed 17-year-old girl was arrested in Russia under suspicion of being the mastermind behind the Blue Whale game that has caused dozens of young girls to commit suicide.

The fact that the game is widely known and has spread over the internet means there are possibly many more people acting as curators.

A 22-year-old man named Philipp Budeikin from Russia was sentenced to three years in prison for encouraging and manipulating young people to kill themselves through the Blue Whale game.

There have been at least two other arrests linked to the game.

- Asian Tribune -

Philipp Budeikin is the sick mastermind behind the death of 17 people as the curator of The Blue Whale Challenge (Picture: East2West News)
A female administrator of online death group Blue Whale Challenge arrested in Kamchatka (Picture: East2West News)
What is the Blue Whale Challenge?
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