Blue Whale Challenge Debunked: 50 Tasks of Fatality? Really?
Does this game really makes you commit suicide? Let's find out!
Blue Whale game has covered all the news headlines recently. It is regarded as the most disastrous thing Internet ever produced. From our personal point of view, we are not sure whether it is really deadly or just a psychological game, but the fact that it is spreading like fire to every inch of this world is truly horrifying! Even in UAE too, searches like “Download Blue Whale Game in Dubai”, “Download Blue Whale Game in UAE”, and many others are getting huge searches each day.
People describe it as a game, but it is not! The Blue Whale Challenge is far from just a game. Those who accept the challenge are psychologically forced to complete a series of tasks which leads to the death of the player in order to win the game.
DID YOU KNOW?
Blue Whale Challenge got its name from a common belief that blue whales voluntarily beach themselves in order to end their own lives.
This game goes by many names including ‘A Silent House’, ‘A Sea Of Whales’, and ‘Wake Me Up At 4:20 am’. It takes 50 days to complete this game and is primarily available via Russian social networking site VKontakte through secret groups.
Teens as young as 12-years-old in Russia and Central Asian countries are primarily attracted to this game but recent reports suggest the game is spreading across Europe and into the UK. The game has been blamed by the Russian media as the reason why 80 to 130 children committed suicide between November 2015 and April 2016.
There are people – and there is the 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.
– Philipp Budeikin, alleged creator of the Blue Whale Challenge
To make it acceptable, each task also needs to be photographed or videotaped, so the administrators have proof of completion and authenticity and then only the player is allowed to get to the next level.
What are the 50 tasks?
This one is the most important question of all. If we know what the challenges are can help parents and friends watch for signs that their children may be participating. Although these tasks change over time, for now, this is the tasks list as reported on Russian and Lithuanian websites. Let’s find out what they are:
DAY 1: Carve with a razor “f57” on your hand, send a photo to the curator.
DAY 2: Wake up at 4.20 a.m. and watch psychedelic and scary videos that curator sends you.
DAY 3: Cut your arm with a razor along your veins, but not too deep, only 3 cuts, send a photo to the curator.
DAY 4: Draw a whale on a sheet of paper, send a photo to the curator.
DAY 5: If you are ready to “become a whale”, carve “YES” on your leg. If not, cut yourself many times (punish yourself).
DAY 6: Task with a cipher.
DAY 7: Carve “f40” on your hand, send a photo to the curator.
DAY 8: Type “#i_am_whale” in your VKontakte status.
DAY 9: You have to overcome your fear.
DAY 10: Wake up at 4:20 a.m. and go to a roof (the higher the better).
DAY 11: Carve a whale on your hand with a razor, send a photo to the curator.
DAY 12: Watch psychedelic and horror videos all day.
DAY 13: Listen to music that “they” (curators) send you.
DAY 14: Cut your lip.
DAY 15: Poke your hand with a needle many times.
DAY 16: Do something painful to yourself, make yourself sick.
DAY 17: Go to the highest roof you can find, stand on the edge for some time.
DAY 18: Go to a bridge, stand on the edge.
DAY 19: Climb up a crane or at least try to do it.
DAY 20: The curator checks if you are trustworthy.
DAY 21: Have a talk “with a whale” (with another player like you or with a curator) on Skype.
DAY 22: Go to a roof and sit on the edge with your legs dangling.
DAY 23: Another task with a cipher.
DAY 24: Secret task.
DAY 25: Have a meeting with a “whale.”
DAY 26: The curator tells you the date of your death and you have to accept it.
DAY 27: Wake up at 4:20 a.m. and go to rails (visit any railroad that you can find).
DAY 28: Don’t talk to anyone all day.
DAY 29: Make a vow that “you’re a whale.”
DAY 30-49: Everyday you wake up at 4:20 am, watch horror videos, listen to music that “they” send you, make 1 cut on your body per day, talk “to a whale.”
DAY 50: Jump off a high building. Take your life.
That was chilling, wasn’t it? Have you noticed something in all these tasks? We didn’t mention anywhere about player denying to complete the task. According to some, there is no going back once you enter the game. No matter how smart you act in hiding your identity, they will find you anyhow. While some say that nothing happens. We are not sure. But to give you an idea, here is a real conversation of a Reddit user and Blue Whale administrator. It all started out of curiosity and ended unexpectedly. Have a look:
Real conversation between a Reddit user and Blue Whale Administrator
I have always been a hardcore skeptic. If someone tells me something is ‘true’ I often end up doing some due diligence to verify the claim. I’m a truth seeker by nature. I heard about the online game; “Blue Whale” via Facebook and instantly had to see if it was legit.
For those of you who may not know what the game is it’s a social game hosted on a Russian media site (I’m not going to be posting links so don’t ask). The game is a text-driven interactive experience that lasts 50 days. The player must perform a daily task that is then proven via photographic evidence and then submitted to the game Administrator. The rumor is that the tasks become more and more extreme as the days progress with the 50th day resulting in the Administrator deliberating a final task of suicide.
When I heard about this game and the claims that over 130 people had, in fact, killed themselves because of it I had to check it out. The game is run by a group in the same vein as a facebook group or message board. If you want to play you find the URL, create an account and then contact the Administrators of the group. I created an account and joined the group 40 days ago. Here is a transcript of my interactions so far.
Me: “I want to play.”
Administrator: “Are you certain? Once you begin you cannot quit.”
Me: “I understand. Yes, I want to play.”
Administrator: “The game lasts 50 days. You must complete each task diligently and provide proof that you have done so via photographs.”
Me: “I understand.”
Administrator: “No one must know about the game or what you are tasked to do. Do you understand?”
Administrator: “At the end of the game, you die.”
Me: “What if I chicken out?”
Administrator: “I have your information. We know where you live, we know where you go to school, we know how to find you. We will come after you.”
Me: “I understand. I want to play.”
Administrator: “Very good. Let’s begin.”
Now at this point, I was thinking that the whole sinister angle was a bunch of BS showboating. They didn’t have my info as I falsified my account credentials. I guess they could track my IP address but whatever, I’m the US and they are in Russia.
I was wrong.
DAY ONE: Administrator: “Hello, your task for today is to wake up at 2:45 AM.”
DAY TWO: Administrator: “Hello, your task for today is to watch the film; “The Ring” at midnite tonight.”
DAY THREE: Administrator: “Hello, your task for today is to tell your best friend that you hate them.”
Tasks such as these went on for the bulk of the first 25 days but began to increase in intensity on day 26…
DAY TWENTY-SIX: Administrator: “Your task for today is to stick a safety pin through your cheek.”
Me: “I can’t do that, I won’t perform self-mutilation.”
Administrator: “You will perform the task and you will send me the photo. You have 23 hours left to perform the task.”
Me: “I’m done with this game. I quit.”
Administrator: “You will be done with the game in 24 days. You cannot quit. You will complete your task and all future tasks without fail.”
Me: “I’m calling the police.”
I did not hear back from the Administrator after that statement so I assumed I had ended the game and scared him/her/it off.
I was again, wrong.
DAY TWENTY-SEVEN: 12:01 AM Administrator: “Your task has not been completed. You will complete your Day Twenty-Six task and you will also be tasked with carving the word – INSIDERPROJECT onto your left arm.”
Administrator: “You will complete both tasks and provide proof within 23 hours or there will be penalties.”
I woke up to find these threatening messages from the Administrator and blew them off. I wasn’t about to go sticking a safety pin through my cheek nor was I going to carve words into my arms. It was crazy. I closed my browser and figured that my time within the Blue Whale game was over.
I was wrong.
Five days later I received a text from a blocked number:
“Did you think you could just quit the game?”
I deleted the text and blocked the number thinking it was one of my friends (whom I had told what I was doing with the game) and left it at that.
The next day I got another text:
“They will come for you if you do not complete your tasks and address your penalties.”
Ha, Ha, very funny – my friends were having a laugh at my expense. I decided to play along.
“OK, I’ll get right on my tasks. I’m sorry I flaked on them. What are my penalties?”
“Finish your tasks. Your penalties have already been applied.”
This made me a bit curious. What kind of penalties would my friends exact against me? I thought I would come home to a toilet-papered house or to an embarrassing picture placed up on facebook…
When I returned home I found my dog hanging from my backyard tree.
Administrator: “I am glad you decided to continue playing the game. Thank you for your photo submissions, they are all part of the fun.”
Me: “Just give my next task.”
Administrator: “Of course, of course, I appreciate your spirit in getting right to it. Your dog showed the same lust for life prior to her unfortunate end.”
“Now about your next task. You are instructed to listen to the mp3 I will send to your inbox.”
I was relieved that I was out of the self-mutilation task list at least and waited for the file to download.
The file was a mp3 around 3.5 megs in size. I scanned it for viruses and it came up negative. I listened to the file expecting some weird-ass psychedelic music but it wasn’t music at all.
It was the sound of breathing that went on for around 3 minutes.
Days thirty-one through thirty-five were all the same tasks, wake up at 4:20 AM. Listen to music files they sent me (only one bit of music was sent, the other files contained breathing and some muffled laughter).
Administrator: “Your task today is to wake up at 4:20 AM. You will then be contacted by another whale. You will give that whale the following task – that whale is to carve ‘f40’ onto their left cheek.”
Me: “I understand.”
Administrator: “Your task today is to wake up at 4:20 AM and then to listen to the mp3 we send you and to post the photograph we send you onto any social media site.”
I woke up at 4:20 AM and waited for the mp3 and photo. The mp3 was the same breathing sound followed by a very faint sound of giggling and what I thought were the words; “I love this game.”
The photo was dark and hard to make out. it looked like a room of some sort with the lights off. It was rather grainy too so the photo had to have been taken in the dark without the use of a flash.
I opened the photo in Photoshop and played with the brightness and contrast settings hoping to reveal anything that might give clarity on what the picture was.
It was a picture of me asleep in my room.
Administrator: “Your task today is to wake up at 4:20 AM. When you wake up you will choose your place and means of death and send a photograph.”
Here is where I am now. 40 days into this insane game with no way to get out. I went to the police and they told me they could nothing. I gave them the files and the photo and they told me they were both blank – nothing was on them. They accused me of wasting their time and said if I had anything actually concrete that they would ‘look into it.’.
I’m going to complete my tasks. I live next to an 8 story parking garage that should do the trick when the time comes. Day 50. Part of me just wants to end it on day 40, or day 41. Fuck them, at least I have control of how I go out. This other part of me wants to run. I want to make them do their dirty work. I just don’t want anyone else to get hurt.
As I write this I noticed a new piece of art tacked to my little sister’s bedroom door. She always tacks up her masterpieces which usually consist of fairies and unicorns and fantastical birds.
This picture is different, it’s larger and a bit more accomplished than her eight-year-old skillset.
It’s a drawing of a blue whale.
There is no fun in taking your life. What’s the sense of playing a game if the cost of winning is your own life? This article is all about Blue Whale challenge awareness. Stay away from it in every way possible. If an unknown person tries to talk to you or threaten you online then immediately discuss it with your family and police about this. Always keep an eye on your loved ones about their behavioral changes and what they are doing. If you are a parent then keep an eye on your child’s online activity and which website he/she is visiting. Instead of trying it once and regret later, always remember this popular old saying: “Prevention is better than cure”