Roblox: ‘We paid off our parents’ mortgage making video games’
When identical twins Ben and Matt Horton began making serious money from creating video games, their parents couldn’t believe it.
“It was quite bizarre at first, because I was doing a paper round and they were blown away,” says Ben. “They said there was no way a paper round can make this much.”
His brother Matt adds: “It was a significant amount of money. They thought we were doing shady stuff online.”
As it turned out, the brothers had produced their first big hit – a game called Boat Ride, launched on the online gaming platform Roblox – and they were just 13.
Seven years later, Ben and Matt work full-time on gaming, with Ben specialising on the software side and Matt doing video production.
Their games have been played more than 100 million times and each of them earns £100,000 a year.