Sean “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin is the first streamer to join Forbes’ 30 under 30 Games Europe 2020 list.
Described by Forbes as “Ireland’s most popular YouTuber”, he is famous for his comedic vlogs and Let’s Play series. He has also found success in playing the titular sandbox game Minecraft.
According to an official estimate, he may have made up to $11 million in 2019. This makes him the 8th highest paid gamer in the world.
In 2018, he also ventured out of his YouTube career and became an entrepreneur by starting a clothing brand with fellow Youtuber Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach.
The YouTuber took it to Twitter to express his gratitude over such a honorable award:
“Yesterday I was honoured to join the forbes 30 under 30 list. This is such a crazy club to be part of and I am eternally grateful for all the good that has come my way! Thank you.”
Lots of fans and fellow content creators such as Ninja and DrLupo chimed in their congratulations for McLoughlin’s well-deserved recognition:
“your power.. king”
“C O N G R A T S dude <3”
“I’m just so proud of you dude, you deserve it. You’ve worked so hard over the years and touched so many of our lives! Thank you for being there for us…for me”
“Congratulations brother! Good to see there’s still happiness floating out & about!”
Joining other gaming icons
5 other names in the gaming and esports industry made it to the list. This includes CS:GO stars Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz and Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson, and League of Legends players Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño and Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski.
A first of its own, Niclas “Pengu” Mouritzen reigns as the first Rainbow Six star to be recognized by Forbes in any of its lists.
The gaming icons join other young innovators, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs included in the prestigious list.
The Forbes list is published annually with a select young people who are seen as catalysts of their specific fields: in business, finance, media, technology, science, healthcare, policy, arts and entertainment.
Full list of Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2020 Sports & Games
- Hector Bellerin, Defender for Arsenal
- Sky Brown, Skateboarder
- Magnus Carlsen, Grandmaster chess player
- Enrique Cedeño, Founder of Origen
- Kadeena Cox, Parasport athlete
- Tom Daley, Olympic diver
- Liam de Valmency, Senior Principal Programmer at Media Molecule
- Jas Dhatt, Lead 3D Character Artist at Creative Assembly
- Luka Doncic, Point Guard for Dallas Mavericks
- Simona Halep, Tennis athlete
- Henrik Harlaut, Olympic skiier
- Ada Hederberg, Forward for Olympique Lyonnais
- Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Olympic runner
- Marcin Jankowski, League of Legends player for G2 Esports
- Roman Josi, Defenseman for Nashville Predators
- Olof Kajbjer Gustafsson, CS:GO player for FaZe Clan
- Catarina Macedo, Program Manager at Xbox
- Sean McLoughlin, YouTuber
- Vivianne Miedema, Forward for Arsenal Women
- Kristof Milak, Olympic swimmer
- Tyrone Mings, Defender for Aston Villa
- Niclas Mouritzen, Rainbow Six: Siege player for G2 Esports
- George Perkins, Managing Director of Super Rare Games
- Nicolai Reedtz, CS:GO player for Astralis
- Jan Rosner, Senior Business Development Manager at CD Projekt Red
- Bjarke Felbo and Sanjay Guruprasad, Co-founders of Rune
- Anisa Sanusi, Lead UI/UX Designer at Netspeak Games
- Fallon Sherrock, Darts player
- Elina Svitolina, Tennis athlete
- Lana Zgombic, Producer at Bossa Studios