The boy was found with a rope around his neck — According to his uncle and initial police report he accepted choking challenge after losing the game — The death may have been witnessed by three other gamers through the webcam.
A 13-year-old boy died less than 24 hours after being found in his father’s room with a coiled rope around his neck and in front of a computer. The family has suspected that the incident is related to the challenge of an online game which Gustavo Riveiros Detter was playing with friends. The event took place in São Vicente, on the coast of São Paulo, Brazil and is being investigated by police.
G1 reports that the rope used by the boy was attached to a boxing bag in the ceiling of the room. After he was found the student was taken to the Municipal Hospital of São Vicente where he died on Sunday 16th October.
The uncle of the boy said he looked into the circumstances surrounding the death. According to him, Gustavo was playing the game League of Legends. The rules were such that in case someone lost the game, the participants gave the loser a “choking game challenge”. The challenge was that the losing player had to stop the flow of air with their hands or objects to induce fainting, dizziness or state of euphoria.
According to the police report, the boy was playing with three others when the hanging took place. The scene may have been witnessed over webcam in real time by the other players.
Conversations obtained by a relative in messaging applications and the computer itself used by Gustavo state that this would not be the first time that he participated in the alleged challenge. One player wrote in one of the conversations that he thought that ‘Detter’ had gone to hang himself “again”.
A couple of years ago, several schools in Brazil begun to alert parents about the dangerous practice even happening in classrooms called “fainting game” or Choking Game in which students were supposed to choke themselves upon losing in a bet or a challenge.
Several videos were also uploaded on the internet displaying the challenge that could lead to death. The technique is designed to decrease the amount of blood flowing to the brain. If your kids are into online gaming keep an eye on their activities.