Wary internet cafe staff in Malaysia unwittingly deleted a computer game developed by a 12-year-old boy for over a year, thinking it was a virus.
However, Muhammad Thaqif has been praised for his persistence by a government minister.
He had planned to sell his game for just one ringgit – about 18p – to help his impoverished mother.
Praising Muhammad, Youth and Sport Minister Syed Saddiq tweeted :’There needs to be more young people like him.’
Mr Saddiq added that Muhammad’s determination was ‘brilliant’.
The minister, a youthful 25, tweeted later that he had had a meeting with Malaysia’s ‘youngest game developer’.
Muhammad had in September posted on Facebook group PC Gaming Community Malaysia that he was working on a first-person zombie shooter game he wanted to sell.
But in October, he posted again saying that the game had been deleted.
Luckily, however, staff were eventually able to retrieve the program.
‘I’ve spent close to a year on this game,’ he said on Facebook.
He also asked whether any of his followers could suggest any laptops that cost less than £65.
Fellow social media users rallied to his cause, offering praise and support, with one Twitter posting gaining more than 10,000 retweets.
‘It’s awesome that he has such good computer skills. He also responded very maturely for his age. Good job!’ one tweeter said.
‘It’s clear to me that he’s very talented. He’s going to go a long way in life,’ another Twitter user said.
As a result of the social media campaign, Muhammad received a computer from an imam, as well as cash donations.
Computer gaming development is a growing business in Malaysia, and the country is hosting DOTA2 Major, a major gaming competition this month.
Mr Saddiq tweeted that, ‘the industry is expected to be worth around US$4.5billion by 2021. I want to position Malaysia as the leader in Asean [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations].’