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Friday 6 December 2019

Meath twins pay themselves €1.7m for playing Minecraft

Twins Ryan and Scott Fitzsimons with their sister ‘Little Kelly’
Twins Ryan and Scott Fitzsimons with their sister ‘Little Kelly’

It's not a bad wage for playing Minecraft all day. YouTube millionaires, twins Ryan and Scott Fitzsimons, last year shared a whopping €1.7m pay packet, it has been revealed.

The payday gave the twentysomethings €846,062 each in salary from their Co Meath-based company, Little Lizard Ltd - or weekly pay of €16,270 per twin.

The figure the 28-year-old Co Meath brothers awarded themselves comes thanks to their massively popular YouTube Minecraft channel.

New accounts filed to the Companies Office show that the €1.692m pay to the two represents a 75pc increase on the €968,424 paid out to the pair in 2017.

Over the past four years, the brothers have paid themselves a total of €6.7m. The twins paid themselves a total of €4.1m over 2016 and 2015.

The pair only uploaded their first Minecraft video in June 2012 and today their Littlelizard & Turnstile Adventure channel boasts 4.12 million subscribers, after adding a further 312,000 in the past year.

Over the past seven years, the channel has been viewed a staggering 2.486 billion times.

The two only turned 28 at the end of March and at the end of last year, their Little Lizard firm was sitting on accumulated profits of €437,986.

The company's cash pile reduced from €295,845 to €83,029 during the year.

The boys' sister, Kelly (24), has also carved out a highly lucrative career as a YouTuber.

Hobby

Kelly's Little Kelly Minecraft YouTube channel has 3.02 million subscribers and has had 1.6 billion views since it went online in June 2015.

At the end of last year, Kelly's firm, Kelfit Entertainment Ltd, was sitting on accumulated profits of €169,742.

The large hike in pay at the twins' firm resulted in the company recording a modest loss of €6,624 for 2018.

The brothers' working lives involve playing modified versions of the Minecraft game with friendly and humorous voice-overs, which started out as a hobby for the two.

The Fitzsimons lads make most of their income from advertising on their channel and direct payments from YouTube based on the number of views of their videos.

In the Minecraft world they inhabit, Ryan's character is known as Little Lizard while Scott is Tiny Turtle.

The brothers tend to play modified versions of the mega-selling Minecraft based on popular games, TV shows, movies or sometimes original ideas.

After the channel debuted on YouTube in 2012, it took nine months for the venture to gain 10,000 subscribers.

The brothers only had one laptop to use between them when they started out.

In a previous interview, Scott said: "At the start, it was just a hobby. We played it, we enjoyed uploading it and some of the stuff clicked more and people started enjoying it.

"You could easily notice what people wanted to watch rather than just what you wanted to play so you got a good combination of both."

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