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Games are played with a goal to win, but in the Blue Whale Challenge game, a player wins by committing suicide. To an average person, the concept might seem bizarre, but as the game has already claimed nearly 130 lives worldwide, it has found its victims: teens.
A former psychology student in Russia, Philipp Budeikin claims to have developed the Blue Whale Challenge game in 2013. Young teens drawn to the game are matched with 'curators' who assign the teens a series of 50 tasks or dares to be completed in 50 days. The final task is to commit suicide.
Although the dares begin innocently enough, waking up at 4.20 am or watching a horror video, the game descends into sinister territory as it orders the players to harm themselves, cut their lips, slice a shape of a whale into their skin. At the completion of each grisly task, the players are told to submit proof in the form of a picture.
As the game begins to take a toll on the players, mentally and physically many players consider quitting, but by that time the curators threaten to hurt the player's families and also have sufficient photographs to blackmail them. The players become victims and are trapped.
The original curator Budekin was later arrested, however by that time the game had gained enough popularity that a series of other curators took his place.
Budekin claimed he made the game to 'clean society' of such people.
"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 in an interview with Saint Petersburg News.
The 'Blue Whale' Challenge holds reference to the phenomenon of 'beaching' exhibited by whales, where they commit suicide by getting stranded on the beach and dehydrating to death.
Know more about the 'Game of Death' in the video below: