Wednesday 23 October 2019

YouTuber twins share €1.7m pay for 'Minecraft' channel


Ryan and Scott Fitzsimons uploaded their first ‘Minecraft’ video to YouTube back in 2012
Ryan and Scott Fitzsimons uploaded their first ‘Minecraft’ video to YouTube back in 2012

Gordon Deegan

Youtuber twin millionaires Ryan and Scott Fitzsimons last year shared a whopping €1.7m in pay.

The payout would entitle the two to each receive €846,062 in salary from their Co Meath-based company, Little Lizard Ltd - or weekly pay of €16,270 each.

The bumper pay the 28-year-old Co Meath brothers have awarded themselves comes 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 pay increase on the €968,424 paid out to the two in 2017. Over the past four years, the two have paid themselves a total €6.7m in remuneration.

The brothers' working lives involve playing modified versions of the 'Minecraft' game with friendly and humorous voice-overs.

The Fitzsimons 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 twins paid themselves a total of €4.1m over 2016 and 2015, made up of pay of €2.2m in 2016 and €1.8m in 2015.

The two 'Minecraft' millionaires uploaded their first 'Minecraft' video in June 2012 and today their Littlelizard & Turnstile Adventure channel boasts 4.12 million subscribers.

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

The twins turned 28 at the end of March this year and at the end of last year the brothers' 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. Kelly's 'Little Kelly Minecraft' YouTube channel has 3.02 million subscribers and 1.6 billion views since her channel got up and running in June 2015. At the end of last year Kelly's firm, Kelfit Entertainment Ltd, was sitting on accumulated profits of €169,742.

Irish Independent

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