Schoolboy Creates Video Game Called "Splat Putin" To Raise Money For Ukraine

A ten-year-old boy from the UK has created a game called "Splat Putin" to raise money for people in Ukraine who have been affected by the war. It is now available on the Apple store.

10-year-old Gerry Cameron creates "Splat Putin" game to raise funds for Ukraine
10-year-old Gerry Cameron creates "Splat Putin" game to raise funds for Ukraine

The idea of creating the game came from 10-year-old Gerry Cameron while having a conversation with his father, Harvey Cameron, about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, telling his dad that he wanted to do something to help.

The family has said that the game was initially rejected by Apple because they classed it as "mean-spirited".

The 10-year-old schoolboy had been hoping to create his own app for a while, after brainstorming some ideas, he came up with Splat Putin. 53-year-old Harvey Cameron contacted a software developer with his son's proposed idea and they continued to meet several times a week to develop the game.

When initially putting forward the application, Gerry originally wanted to call the game Poop on Putin - where players would throw faeces at the Russian president.

Apple rejected this idea, calling it "mean-spirited", causing the year five schoolboy to rethink his game model.

This ultimately led Gerry to come up with the idea of Splat Putin, where players control a monkey who throws bananas at Vladimir Putin instead.

The family spent weeks chasing Apple, but eventually, the game launched earlier this month on the app.

Gerry created a Splat Putin Facebook page just over a week ago and has already got over 10,000 followers.

Proud dad Harvey Cameron said: "This was all his idea we just helped him facilitate it. He really wanted to raise some money and this seemed like the best way to do it. His creativity has really blown us away and his determination to get the app completed and launched on the most effective platforms has been so impressive.

"We've had constant zoom meetings and consultations with the developer to get here but now it's finally ready and it's doing really well. I was really surprised at how hard it was to get Apple to launch it on their store, and the fact they called it 'mean-spirited' I found bizarre.

"If Gerry's game is mean towards Putin, how would you describe how he is behaving in Ukraine?"

Gerry has set his sights high, the 10-year-old is aiming to raise £1million for a Ukraine charity.

The game is currently free to download, but if players want to enjoy it without advertisements it costs 99p.

So far Gerry has raised around £1000 and is still to decide which charity he intends on donating it to.

Gerry Cameron said: "I have taken lots of inspiration from my favourite YouTuber DAN TDM and I think he would be impressed if he played my game.

"It seems to be doing really well which I'm very pleased about - I can't believe I have 10,000 subscribers on Facebook. I have more ideas for other games in the future and I can't wait to share them with the world.

"But at the moment I am just focusing on growing Splat Putin and earning as much as I possibly can to help the Ukrainian people."

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