Whizz-kid, 16, has a hit with online game

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - DANIELLE ROPER

ATEENAGE game de­signer has racked up a mas­sive one mil­lion plays with his online football game.

Aaron Ca­vanagh, 16, who lives on Cher­ry­fields Road in Bro­ken Cross, has made a free game which is at­tract­ing around 20,000 play­ers daily.

The aim of the game is to build a fan­tasy football team.

Aaron, who lives with mum Michelle, started mak­ing games at the age of 14 when his teacher at Fal­li­b­roome Academy, Miss Hilditch, gave them the task of de­sign­ing one in class.

He said: “I didn’t want to make one at first as it looked like a lot of hard work but I gave it a go and found I re­ally en­joyed it.”

And af­ter go­ing on to de­sign some games of his own, he came up with the idea for his ‘FIFA 15 Pack Open­ing Sim­u­la­tor’, which has been pop­u­lar with a mil­lion football fans.

He said: “I have about 6,500 com­ments on the FIFA 15 pack game and around 99 per cent are pos­i­tive, with peo­ple say­ing it’s one of the best games out there and that they’re ad­dicted to it.

“Even my ICT teacher, David Yar­wood, played it and told me never to give up on my dream.”

He added: “I think the rea­son the game has had so much suc­cess is that I’m so con­sis­tent at up­dat­ing it ev­ery day.”

Af­ter fin­ish­ing school this year, Aaron is set to be­gin an ap­pren­tice­ship with a web devel­oper and has am­bi­tions to have his own games com­pany one day.

Aaron, who has an older brother Kieran, 19, said: “I would love to do game de­sign right now but I can’t find a com­pany to take me on as I’m only 16.”

The young­ster’s rea­son for de­sign­ing and de­vel­op­ing the games is not fi­nan­cial though.

He said: “It would be great to make a lot of money out of it but I just en­joy mak­ing them and hav­ing lots of peo­ple play them, that’s what re­ally mo­ti­vates me.

“I was up un­til 4am the other night mak­ing another one, Rugby Packs Open­ing Sim­u­la­tor, it’s ad­dic­tive!”

As for how his mum, Michelle and dad, Mark, feel about his skills, he said: “My par­ents are en­cour­ag­ing but don’t tend to look at my games as they don’t un­der­stand them!”

To play the game go to aaron­wca­vanagh. wix . com/acgames

Andy Lam­bert

●● Aaron Ca­vanagh, 16, with his FIFA 15 game, which at­tracts 20,000 play­ers daily

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