Blue Whale is not a game you can play on a computer. You cannot install it from the web and then play it. You cannot play it on Xbox or PlayStation. It is simply not a downloadable game, application or software.

It is a social media phenomenon, accessible via social media networks from secretive groups. The game is mainly played on social media apps such as Instagram, online gaming groups and message boards.

Teenagers actively searching the game are also targeted by curators. Once contact is made, the player and the curator switch to a private chat mode.

You cannot filter the Blue Whale game using an anti-virus. All you can do is tell your friends and children to avoid it. 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.

The list of tasks, to be completed in 50 days, includes waking up at 4:20am, climbing a crane, carving a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm, doing secret tasks, poking a needle on the arm or leg, standing on a bridge and roof, listening to music, and watching videos sent to the challengers by the administrator.