Schoolboy offers online computer game protection service at £5 a time

Daily Echo: Gamer Toby Smith Gamer Toby Smith

HE’S not exactly your stereotypical bodyguard.

But at just 15 years of age and standing at less than six-feet, Hampshire schoolboy Toby Smith is offering his services to protect people from across the globe – in the world of online gaming.

From the comfort of his bedroom in Mountfield, Hythe, the Applemore College pupil tutors and protects online players of popular Xbox 360 shooting games, including Battlefield and Call of Duty.

Toby sells his unique service for £5 per 30 minutes of game play, using the website fivesquids.co.uk.

The site allows people from around the world to offer various tasks for £5, including doing their homework, writing them a song, or even becoming their ‘Internet girlfriend’ on social networking websites.

Toby’s profile on the site promises to “take bullets for you for half an hour,” by becoming a “personal online bodyguard.”

Enthusiast Gaming enthusiast Toby, came up with the idea a few months ago after stumbling across the website by chance.

Despite having only had four paying clients so far, his page has already attracted interest from users in Western Europe and even as far afield as America.

“I’m not a millionaire by any means,” Toby said.

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“But there’s been a lot of interest out there from people saying it’s a good idea.

“Out of the four clients I’ve had, three of them have been from America, so people obviously like the concept.

“I guess to make any real big money out of it I would need to expand it and maybe pay people to play at different times and on different consoles, rather than just having one boy sat in his room on an Xbox between the hours of 4pm and 7pm.”

Toby’s parents, Peter and Sam, both 47, have praised the idea – and his entrepreneurial ambition.

“Toby’s got a real independent and determined personality and it’s great that this is all him and all his own idea,” Sam said.

“He’s got a real entrepreneurial spirit and was just keen to go out and make some money off his own back, doing something he enjoys.

“But he’s got loads of ideas and real ‘can do’ spirit. If anyone in this house is going to make a million pounds, it will be him.”

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12:53pm Mon 9 Jan 12

ohpoppycock says...

"so people obviously like the concept" - Hold on only four people around the globe.
I'm not sure of the percentage on that but I guess it's under 1%.
There was me thinking that my web community getting a mention on Engadget.com was good.
"so people obviously like the concept" - Hold on only four people around the globe. I'm not sure of the percentage on that but I guess it's under 1%. There was me thinking that my web community getting a mention on Engadget.com was good. ohpoppycock
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1:18pm Mon 9 Jan 12

The Salv says...

So who does his tax return then?
So who does his tax return then? The Salv
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1:27pm Mon 9 Jan 12

G0Rf says...

i hope the tax man doesnt read this!
i hope the tax man doesnt read this! G0Rf
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1:37pm Mon 9 Jan 12

hulla baloo says...

Am I the only one that does not understand this, or is the report not too clear?
Am I the only one that does not understand this, or is the report not too clear? hulla baloo
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1:46pm Mon 9 Jan 12

saintsfc14 says...

Daily echo again reporting on s;:t
Daily echo again reporting on s;:t saintsfc14
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2:29pm Mon 9 Jan 12

jessica_rabbit says...

what a non story. I would also suggest that the amount he has earnt falls comfortably into his tax allowance, considering his age! Ie he hasn't got one! Four people at £5.
what a non story. I would also suggest that the amount he has earnt falls comfortably into his tax allowance, considering his age! Ie he hasn't got one! Four people at £5. jessica_rabbit
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2:48pm Mon 9 Jan 12

solomum says...

jessica_rabbit wrote:
what a non story. I would also suggest that the amount he has earnt falls comfortably into his tax allowance, considering his age! Ie he hasn't got one! Four people at £5.
Well the report says he is on-line for 3 hrs per evening, so that's £30 per evening x 7 evenings per week = £210 per week as long as at least 1 of his clients is using the service within those hours. Sounds like a fab idea. If he gets loads more customers, he will obviously then consider turning it into a business to meet the requirements of his clients. Well done to a young lad who has some initiative.
[quote][p][bold]jessica_rabbit[/bold] wrote: what a non story. I would also suggest that the amount he has earnt falls comfortably into his tax allowance, considering his age! Ie he hasn't got one! Four people at £5.[/p][/quote]Well the report says he is on-line for 3 hrs per evening, so that's £30 per evening x 7 evenings per week = £210 per week as long as at least 1 of his clients is using the service within those hours. Sounds like a fab idea. If he gets loads more customers, he will obviously then consider turning it into a business to meet the requirements of his clients. Well done to a young lad who has some initiative. solomum
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3:03pm Mon 9 Jan 12

nwillc says...

Wish I had thought of this idea! He sounds like an entrepreneur of the future
Wish I had thought of this idea! He sounds like an entrepreneur of the future nwillc
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3:46pm Mon 9 Jan 12

hihosilver says...

If a child wants to find ways for earning his/her own money then i will not stand in their way if it is really what they want to do, BUT what i dont agree with is that this child is 15 and Battlefield 3 has an age rating of 16 and if the Call of Duty game is one of the latest then that is rated as an 18!!Why are the parents praising this when they are games that shouldnt of been brought for him in the first place, and then to advertise the fact in the local paper beggers belief!!
If a child wants to find ways for earning his/her own money then i will not stand in their way if it is really what they want to do, BUT what i dont agree with is that this child is 15 and Battlefield 3 has an age rating of 16 and if the Call of Duty game is one of the latest then that is rated as an 18!!Why are the parents praising this when they are games that shouldnt of been brought for him in the first place, and then to advertise the fact in the local paper beggers belief!! hihosilver
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6:08pm Mon 9 Jan 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

The report says "But at just 15 years of age and standing at less than six-feet" making it sound like he is short for his age....what is the benchmark height for a fifteen year old these days? 7ft ?
p.s read article 3 times and still don't get it!
p.p.s. has he told his parents that he's paying someone else £10 a night to do his school homework?
Only kidding,good luck to him,sounds like a very bright lad.
The report says "But at just 15 years of age and standing at less than six-feet" making it sound like he is short for his age....what is the benchmark height for a fifteen year old these days? 7ft ? p.s read article 3 times and still don't get it! p.p.s. has he told his parents that he's paying someone else £10 a night to do his school homework? Only kidding,good luck to him,sounds like a very bright lad. 100%HANTSBOY
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6:35pm Mon 9 Jan 12

molly_macfarlane says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
The report says "But at just 15 years of age and standing at less than six-feet" making it sound like he is short for his age....what is the benchmark height for a fifteen year old these days? 7ft ?
p.s read article 3 times and still don't get it!
p.p.s. has he told his parents that he's paying someone else £10 a night to do his school homework?
Only kidding,good luck to him,sounds like a very bright lad.
Toby is actually 6ft 1in....I am in his year at school.....
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: The report says "But at just 15 years of age and standing at less than six-feet" making it sound like he is short for his age....what is the benchmark height for a fifteen year old these days? 7ft ? p.s read article 3 times and still don't get it! p.p.s. has he told his parents that he's paying someone else £10 a night to do his school homework? Only kidding,good luck to him,sounds like a very bright lad.[/p][/quote]Toby is actually 6ft 1in....I am in his year at school..... molly_macfarlane
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6:45pm Mon 9 Jan 12

X Old Bill says...

As is reported it seems that;
Person buys a games console.
Person buys software (game).
Person loads game onto console.
Person then pays someone else to play the game for them.
Have I got that right?
It does not seem to make much sense, surely the idea of buying a games console is to play the game yourself, isn't it?
Good luck to him if he can find some punters out there who are daft enough to pay for someone else to have fun - or whatever you call it.
As is reported it seems that; Person buys a games console. Person buys software (game). Person loads game onto console. Person then pays someone else to play the game for them. Have I got that right? It does not seem to make much sense, surely the idea of buying a games console is to play the game yourself, isn't it? Good luck to him if he can find some punters out there who are daft enough to pay for someone else to have fun - or whatever you call it. X Old Bill
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6:47pm Mon 9 Jan 12

X Old Bill says...

molly_macfarlane wrote:
100%HANTSBOY wrote:
The report says "But at just 15 years of age and standing at less than six-feet" making it sound like he is short for his age....what is the benchmark height for a fifteen year old these days? 7ft ?
p.s read article 3 times and still don't get it!
p.p.s. has he told his parents that he's paying someone else £10 a night to do his school homework?
Only kidding,good luck to him,sounds like a very bright lad.
Toby is actually 6ft 1in....I am in his year at school.....
A bit more of the accurate reporting that this provincial press is famous for.
[quote][p][bold]molly_macfarlane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: The report says "But at just 15 years of age and standing at less than six-feet" making it sound like he is short for his age....what is the benchmark height for a fifteen year old these days? 7ft ? p.s read article 3 times and still don't get it! p.p.s. has he told his parents that he's paying someone else £10 a night to do his school homework? Only kidding,good luck to him,sounds like a very bright lad.[/p][/quote]Toby is actually 6ft 1in....I am in his year at school.....[/p][/quote]A bit more of the accurate reporting that this provincial press is famous for. X Old Bill
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8:33pm Mon 9 Jan 12

robhewak says...

All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could
All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could robhewak
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8:41pm Mon 9 Jan 12

molly_macfarlane says...

robhewak wrote:
All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could
go rob. Toby is a very clever boy, who is just using something he would normally use as a past time to make money, doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. If it doesn't appeal to you, there is no need to be abusive, it is not as if you are going to be forced to buy it.
[quote][p][bold]robhewak[/bold] wrote: All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could[/p][/quote]go rob. Toby is a very clever boy, who is just using something he would normally use as a past time to make money, doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. If it doesn't appeal to you, there is no need to be abusive, it is not as if you are going to be forced to buy it. molly_macfarlane
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8:47pm Mon 9 Jan 12

robhewak says...

molly_macfarlane wrote:
robhewak wrote:
All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could
go rob. Toby is a very clever boy, who is just using something he would normally use as a past time to make money, doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. If it doesn't appeal to you, there is no need to be abusive, it is not as if you are going to be forced to buy it.
very true , he is coming up with fresh ideas.
[quote][p][bold]molly_macfarlane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robhewak[/bold] wrote: All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could[/p][/quote]go rob. Toby is a very clever boy, who is just using something he would normally use as a past time to make money, doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. If it doesn't appeal to you, there is no need to be abusive, it is not as if you are going to be forced to buy it.[/p][/quote]very true , he is coming up with fresh ideas. robhewak
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8:57pm Mon 9 Jan 12

X Old Bill says...

molly_macfarlane wrote:
robhewak wrote:
All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could
go rob. Toby is a very clever boy, who is just using something he would normally use as a past time to make money, doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. If it doesn't appeal to you, there is no need to be abusive, it is not as if you are going to be forced to buy it.
The Echo must have deleted the abusive comments - I cannot see any on here at the moment.
Most of the comments seem to be from people who wish him well but don't actually understand what he is doing, or why - Because the report is not that clear.
(BTW; the word is pastime) .
[quote][p][bold]molly_macfarlane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robhewak[/bold] wrote: All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could[/p][/quote]go rob. Toby is a very clever boy, who is just using something he would normally use as a past time to make money, doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. If it doesn't appeal to you, there is no need to be abusive, it is not as if you are going to be forced to buy it.[/p][/quote]The Echo must have deleted the abusive comments - I cannot see any on here at the moment. Most of the comments seem to be from people who wish him well but don't actually understand what he is doing, or why - Because the report is not that clear. (BTW; the word is pastime) . X Old Bill
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9:21pm Mon 9 Jan 12

molly_macfarlane says...

X Old Bill wrote:
molly_macfarlane wrote:
robhewak wrote:
All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could
go rob. Toby is a very clever boy, who is just using something he would normally use as a past time to make money, doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. If it doesn't appeal to you, there is no need to be abusive, it is not as if you are going to be forced to buy it.
The Echo must have deleted the abusive comments - I cannot see any on here at the moment.
Most of the comments seem to be from people who wish him well but don't actually understand what he is doing, or why - Because the report is not that clear.
(BTW; the word is pastime) .
I apologise for any mis-spelling's or grammar mistakes. English, un-fortunetly is not my forte.I guess it's not really toby's fault that the echo has not clearly explained it.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]molly_macfarlane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]robhewak[/bold] wrote: All the people that are dismissing the idea should just look at themselves and realise that a fifteen year old accomplishing more than they ever could[/p][/quote]go rob. Toby is a very clever boy, who is just using something he would normally use as a past time to make money, doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. If it doesn't appeal to you, there is no need to be abusive, it is not as if you are going to be forced to buy it.[/p][/quote]The Echo must have deleted the abusive comments - I cannot see any on here at the moment. Most of the comments seem to be from people who wish him well but don't actually understand what he is doing, or why - Because the report is not that clear. (BTW; the word is pastime) .[/p][/quote]I apologise for any mis-spelling's or grammar mistakes. English, un-fortunetly is not my forte.I guess it's not really toby's fault that the echo has not clearly explained it. molly_macfarlane
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10:55pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Mr Cynical says...

It may be a novel idea, and fair play to him (no pun intended), but you would have to be a very unashamed gamer to pay for ingame protection like this.
I think his clients may be rather embarrassed to own up to paying for it! seems a little seedy said like that too...
It may be a novel idea, and fair play to him (no pun intended), but you would have to be a very unashamed gamer to pay for ingame protection like this. I think his clients may be rather embarrassed to own up to paying for it! seems a little seedy said like that too... Mr Cynical
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7:14pm Wed 11 Jan 12

robhewak says...

If there are people that are willing to pay for it , that of which there are then surely it is a good thing that someone is filling that hole in the market. and i agree the Echo's reporting is not overall that clear
If there are people that are willing to pay for it , that of which there are then surely it is a good thing that someone is filling that hole in the market. and i agree the Echo's reporting is not overall that clear robhewak
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