A 9-year old boy has developed over 30 games for smartphones and tablets. The boy named Basik Okpara Jr is a resident of Lagos, Nigeria.
He learned game development as part of a boot-camp his father enrolled him in. The five-day boot-camp designed for kids aged five to fifteen was organised by Codefest International, with the idea to give kids in developing nations access to technological advancements, especially in the field of robotics and virtual reality.
Basil’s father, Basik Okpara Sr, in an interview, stated that Basil loved playing games like Candy Crush, Temple Run, Subway Surfer on the tablet he got him from the age of four.
However, one day, when he was 7 years old, seeing Basil staying completely hooked on the tablet playing games all day long, Basil’s father lost his cool.
He said angrily to Basil, “you are always playing games, can’t you think about building your own games so others can play yours too?” He later mentioned in an interview that he was angry when he said it, and he did not know he took it seriously.
After that Basil got fully engrossed in learning about game development. He asked his parents to get him a laptop and enroll for starter courses. He uses a free-to-use app called Scratch 2 to develop games. The app also allows its users to create animations and stories.
It takes only 30 minutes for him to create a game from scratch. And as of now, he has over 30 games in his portfolio. Basil says that game development helps him stay busy when he’s bored.