Dr Lupo leaves Twitch for exclusive new deal with YouTube Gaming. Dr Lupo was a flagship creator on Twitch, and the platform said they wished him “nothing but the best in everything that comes next”.
The 34-year-old streamer says he's now 'secure for life'
Twitch streamers have slowly but surely been transitioning to other platforms. Since 2020, big names like Valkyrae, Dr. Disrespect, and CouRageJD among others have left for exclusive deals with YouTube Gaming. Popular variety streamer Benjamin "DrLupo" Lupo is the latest to leave Twitch. Today, he announced an exclusive new deal with YouTube that he says was very lucrative.
During an interview with the Washington Post, DrLupo described the deal without offering too many details. "Everybody’s just trying to secure the bag, right? There’s no shame in that," he mentioned. "That’s literally why everybody gets up and goes to work, right?" he went on to say. "So of course, the financial situation that YouTube presented me without a doubt is like, you know, I’m secure for life. Everybody’s trying to get to that point. Why would I say no to that?”
Financial incentives aside, DrLupo is married with a young son. He says the move to YouTube will give him more time to spend with his family. Though fortunately for fans, he'll still continue to create plenty of gaming content on his new platform. “Obviously, I’ll still be playing video games on YouTube,” he said.
“But we have a chance now to do some new stuff. We’ve got some trips coming up, so there’ll be behind-the-scenes stuff. I can record some vlog-style content, and a lot of people who are at my level that are dads don’t really put out that kind of stuff.”
Twitch says goodbye to Dr Lupo
Twitch took to Twitter to wish DrLupo good luck in his future endeavors. Often called the dad of Twitch, he's been a staple on the platform since 2015. His popularity skyrocketing during the rise of Fortnite in 2018 alongside Ninja, CouRage JD, and Nickmercs.
In addition to gaming, DrLupo is known for his legendary St. Jude's charity streams. He raised $600,000 during a 2018 stream, only to be outdone by the following year's event. During this non-stop 24-hour stream he raised an astonishing $2.3 million for the children's hospital.
DrLupo cites his charity streams as one of the major accomplishments in his career. “If after six years my list of accomplishments includes raising almost $10 million for St. Jude," he said, "if I’ve fallen off, then man, it sure sounds like I did a damn good job during my heyday or whatever you want to call it.”