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People think I’m a drug dealer but I actually make €10k a MONTH doing something totally different

MEET the Irish gamer who makes an eye-watering €10,000 a MONTH for streaming video games online – only for some people to think he’s a drug dealer.

Louth man Gary Saurin considers himself “incredibly lucky” after starting what is his now full-time job nine years ago.

Louth man Gary Saurin makes an eye-watering €10,000 a MONTH for streaming video games online

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Louth man Gary Saurin makes an eye-watering €10,000 a MONTH for streaming video games online
Gary considers himself 'incredibly lucky'

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Gary considers himself ‘incredibly lucky’
The gamer even met his girlfriend Lew through his work

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The gamer even met his girlfriend Lew through his work

With over 200,000 followers on his gaming Facebook page where he goes by the name Amplified, Gary plays games ranging from Minecraft to Apex Legends for excited viewers to watch and follow along.

Gary said gaming was always a “passion” of his, but never expected it to turn into a job.

He explained how he was previously working in a factory in Dublin and started streaming on his days off because he had nothing else to do as his roster clashed with his friends.

Gary told the Irish Sun: “I was doing 12-hour shifts about three to four days a week, and then the days I wasn’t working my friends would be in work.

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“One day I was just scrolling through Twitter and I saw that somebody was live on Twitch, and I was like ‘I know Twitch, that’s a gaming platform’.

“I clicked in to see what this livestream was all about and it was just some lad playing Halo. Just the gameplay, no camera, no microphone or anything.

“And I was looking at him and thought ‘I can do this in my spare time, but I could do this better.’

“I made an account that day, procrastinated, and then started my first ever stream probably six months later.”

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While Gary initially started his streaming journey with Twitch, he currently has an exclusive contract with Facebook.

The 29-year-old then realised his contract was up in his old job, so he decided to stream for 12 hours each day as he had money saved and therefore didn’t need to look for employment immediately.

He explained that at that point, viewers had started to send him tips and monetary donations which meant he could relax for another month.

He added: “Nine years later here we are. It wasn’t intended, it was just purely accidental.”

‘INCREDIBLY LUCKY’

And Gary revealed that while the amount of money he makes varies to an extent, he cashes in up to €10,000 each month combined with his Facebook contract, donations from followers and now sponsorships too.

He said: “I don’t understand it, but I’m not going to question it at the same time.

“There’s definitely times where I sit back and I think ‘This is definitely crazy. I’m a lad in a spare room in the house, sitting behind the camera playing video games and talking all forms of nonsense, and I get paid for that’.

“It definitely doesn’t make any sense when you say it like that but I’m not going to question a good thing.

“I’m incredibly lucky that I’ve been able to get in on the streaming game.”

‘FUNNY’ LOOKS

The gaming star also joked about how he just treated himself to a Tesla a couple of months ago and now gets “looks all the time” when he’s seen out and about.

He said: “I get looks all the time because people see me getting out and I’m covered in tattoos.

“People just think I’m a drug dealer, which is really funny.

“I don’t look like a baby but I don’t look that old so I definitely get some eyes on me.”

LIFE-CHANGING JOB

And when asked whether his job has changed his life, Gary revealed that he met his girlfriend, who goes by Lew, at an event as she worked for Facebook at the time.

The pair have now been together for three years and she has moved in with Gary’s family as they are saving up money to buy a house.

He also recently hired a team of video editors who will help him with putting videos together and sharing them across his social media pages.

Meanwhile, Gary’s advice to others looking to get into streaming is to because it’s fun as only a small percentage are able to make a living from it.

According to experts at PCGamer, you have to be among the top 0.01 per cent to earn a comfortable living.

Gary told us: “If there’s one bit of advice I could give would be to do it because it’s fun, that’s definitely the focus of it.

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“If you’re getting into streaming as a job, go find a 9-5 job and just work yourself up the ladder if that’s what you’re looking for.

“Do it because it’s a hobby, a passion, because you want to have some fun with it, and if you end up making a little bit of money out of it at the end of the day then that’s just extra points on top.”

Gary has over 200,000 followers on his gaming Facebook page

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Gary has over 200,000 followers on his gaming Facebook page
Gary has been streaming video games online for some nine years now

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Gary has been streaming video games online for some nine years now



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