Gerry Cameron, 10, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, decided to create the ‘Splat Putin’ app game to help raise money for Ukraine, but his family say Apple initially turned him down for being ” petty”.
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A schoolboy created a game called Splat Putin to raise money for Ukraine.
But his family says that a first version was rejected by Apple because it was considered “mean”.
Gerry Cameron, 10, was having a conversation with his father Harvey Cameron, 53, about the war when he decided he wanted to help.
The fifth-year student had been thinking about creating his own app for a while, and after brainstorming a few ideas came up with a unique concept.
His father then got in touch with a software developer, whom they met several times a week to develop the game.
And, on April 12, after a month of hard work, Gerry was able to launch a revised version of his app on Android and Apple Store.
The original plan was for an app that saw players throw feces at Putin – which Apple reportedly rejected.
Gerry, from Cheshunt, Herts., said, “I love technology and games and thought it would be a good time to create a game that can help Ukrainians.
“Seeing my game idea come to life was a really fun experience.”
When creating the app, Gerry originally wanted to name the game “Shit on Putin” – where players would throw feces at the Russian leader.
But, after Apple said they would refuse to launch it on their platform, it was forced to rethink.
To meet App Store guidelines, Schoolboy offered Splat Poutine as an alternative where players control a monkey that throws bananas instead.
After weeks of chasing after Apple and jumping through hoops, they were finally able to launch the app earlier this month.
The game already has over 100 downloads across both stores, and since setting up a Splat Poutine Facebook page a week ago, Gerry has amassed over 10,000 followers.
Proud dad Harvey said: “It was his whole idea, we just helped him facilitate it. He really wanted to raise money and this seemed like the best way to do it.
“His creativity really blew us away and his determination to complete and launch the app on the most effective platforms was so impressive.
“We had constant zoom meetings and consultations with the developer to get here, but now it’s finally ready and working great.
“I was really surprised how hard it was to get Apple to launch it on their store, and the fact that they called it ‘nasty’ was weird to me.
“If Gerry’s game is mean to Putin, how would you describe his behavior in Ukraine?”
Gerry’s goal is to raise $1 million for a Ukrainian charity, and he plans to do so by advertising on his app and making purchases.
Currently, the game is free to download, but if players want to play ad-free, they can pay 99p to do so.
Gerry has raised up to £1,000 so far, but he has yet to decide which charity to donate his winnings to.
He was praised at his school where pupils and staff also worked together to raise funds for the crisis.
Gerry said: “I took a lot of inspiration from my favorite Youtuber Dan TDM and I think he would be impressed if he played my game.
“It seems to be working really well, which I’m very happy about – I can’t believe I have 10,000 followers on Facebook.
“I have more ideas for more games in the future and can’t wait to share them with the world.
“But at the moment I am only focused on growing Splat Putin and earning as much as possible to help the Ukrainian people.”
The Mirror has contacted Apple for comment.