COUNTY NEWS: Teen makes thousands from computer game

Brandon Relph makes thousands out of Minecraft business SUS-151222-113246001
Brandon Relph makes thousands out of Minecraft business SUS-151222-113246001

A teenager is making thousands with a business he set up based around popular computer game Minecraft.

Brandon Relph, who is in his final year of Bishop Bell, employs 23 people across 13 different countries – all at the age of 15.

Brandon is a computer whizz kid and started the company goCreative in February 2014 with a boy called Florian in Germany.

Brandon takes on projects from companies and advertises their products of services within the online Minecraft game. For example, Brandon would call on his 23 experts across the world to recreate a scene from a new film if approached by a film production company.

The scene they recreate within the game would then be picked up by popular You Tubers and shared via social media.

Many companies have found this to be a highly successful way of advertising and Brandon’s company is gaining momentum and going from strength to strength.

Brandon, who is also head boy at Bishop Bell and aiming for A* grade GCSEs, is naturally talented when it comes to computers.

He said, “I started coding when I was about 10 or 11.

“I was first introduced to Minecraft when I was about 10 or 11 too. It cost me £10. That was the best £10 I have ever spent.”

Brandon spend a few hours a each night working on goCreative and more at the weekend but he still finds time for his school work.

However, the business is making more than the average wage.

Brandon said, “The income from the company is considerable.”

He has always had an entrepreneurial attitude.

He added, “When I was younger, I said I wanted to make just £1 in one year. The next year I increased that to £10, £100 and so on.

“My aim now was to make £10,000 by my 16th birthday and I am already there with that one.”

But Brandon remains level-headed and sensible despite his financial success.

He said, “At the moment Florian and I are reinvesting.

“We both live with our parents and we don’t really need to take much of an income from the business.”

They hope that by reinvesting, the business will expand even further and make them more money.

Brandon is also planning to stay in education to the highest level.

He plans to complete A levels in maths, computer science and physics at college and go on to do degree level and higher in computer sciences at either Oxford or Cambridge.

Brandon has high ambitions of working in a top job in cyber security.

He said, “I would like to be a spy.”

Brandon also finds time for multiple extra-curricular activities and was one of the Eastbourne and Wealden Young Enterprise participants.

He worked with a team of fellow Bishop Bell pupils called Quantique and after winning the local competition they went on to compete in the county and south east regional finals.

Brandon has also created Minecraft projects to help teach children.

He was asked to complete the educational project by a school and it was found to be a good way to engage youngsters with physics.

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