One of Twitch’s biggest streamers, DrLupo, is leaving Twitch after signing an exclusive deal with YouTube. Let’s take a deeper look at why DrLupo left Twitch for YouTube.
Keeping It Brief
- DrLupo announced via Twitter that he would be streaming exclusively on YouTube starting 31st August 2021.
- The move to YouTube will allow DrLupo to spend more time with his family and diversify his content.
- Since he was a major part of the Twitch community and culture, DrLupo’s departure from the platform leaves a significant impact.
DrLupo’s Story Until Now
Today Benjamin Lupo, better known as DrLupo, is one of Twitch’s biggest streamers and a staple name within the community. However, he wasn’t always the successful full-time streamer that you know today.
Lupo began streaming on Twitch in 2013, but it wasn’t to a large audience. He was an active Diablo 3 player and wanted to watch his in-game progression from work. Thus he began streaming on Twitch for himself.
Little did anyone know that Lupo would go on to become one of Twitch’s biggest streamers. Lupo moved from Diablo and began focusing on streaming Destiny, which he would for several years until deciding to switch to variety streaming.
Eventually, DrLupo found a genre of games that he truly enjoyed. Beginning with PUBG, he fell in love with battle royale games. In 2017 with the release of Fortnite, DrLupo’s channel launched to new heights and has been flying ever since.
His rise to fame didn’t change his personality and upbringing. Unlike several other creators, DrLupo didn’t shy away from talking about social injustice and the fight for equality. He knew he’d face blowback for his opinions, especially being told to “stick to his lane.”
But he never had second thoughts about using his broad reach to spread positivity, teachings of equality, and acceptance. Apart from being vocal and educating his audience, DrLupo also organized several charity fundraisers.
DrLupo built up a reputation of being one of the most charitable content creators on Twitch. And in December 2020, during his annual #BuildAgainstCancer charity streams, DrLupo raised a total of $2.3 million, with Twitch donating $1 million to the cause.
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DrLupo is an inspiration to several creators. The positivity and love he has spread through his content helped him build a welcoming and supportive community. And now he’s going to continue doing what he loves along with his community on a different platform.
DrLupo Signs Exclusive Deal With YouTube
In an announcement posted on Twitter, DrLupo announced that his “story continues” exclusively on YouTube Gaming.
His move to YouTube caught everyone by surprise. However, fellow content creators, well-wishers, and his community came out in support of his decision and congratulated Lupo on the “big” move.
DrLupo’s decision to leave Twitch for YouTube raised several questions. Why did DrLupo leave Twitch for YouTube? Have the platform’s failure to protect its marginalized creators from targeted hate and demands for a better revenue split played a role in Lupo’s decisions?
Why Did DrLupo Leave Twitch?
In an interview with Washington Post, Lupo answered several questions regarding his move from Twitch to YouTube.
DrLupo was offered a significant amount of money from YouTube. And while the exact amount wasn’t disclosed, Lupo mentioned he’s “secure for life,” and he had no reason to reject a deal like that.
Additionally, due to spending years playing games for 60-70 hours a week, he hasn’t had enough time to spend with his family. The move to YouTube provides him an opportunity to spend more time with his family and diversify his content. He plans to create vlogs and other IRL content alongside gaming content.
Twitch’s recent failures have also played a role in DrLupo’s decision to leave Twitch and move to YouTube.
The Washington Post’s article is definitely worth reading to get an insight into why DrLupo decided to move to YouTube.
DrLupo Begins Streaming On YouTube On 31st August
Starting 31st August 2021, DrLupo will be exclusively streaming on his YouTube channel. streamForte would like to congratulate DrLupo on this significant step in his career, and we wish him the best for the future.
As one of the biggest driving forces of inclusivity and equality within the gaming industry, he inspires several other creators and us. We have no doubts that he’ll thrive on YouTube, and we look forward to the new content he has planned.