Twitch is losing people!
In 2019, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo, a Twitch star with 4.5 million followers, admitted that he couldn’t keep at it forever. Lupo knew he’d one day grow tired of plugging sponsors and playing whichever games the ever-changing winds of popularity dictated, he told this reporter for an unpublished interview. When that day came, he wanted to travel the world with his son, Charlie. Two years later, he’s getting his wish — or a version of it. On Monday, Lupo announced the signing of a deal to stream exclusively on YouTube, that he says will bring a life-changing windfall and the opportunity to spend more time with his family.
A Twitch mainstay since the 2018 “Fortnite” explosion catapulted him to popularity, Lupo, 34, is departing the Amazon-owned streaming platform for YouTube’s greener pastures. (Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)
While Lupo could not disclose the exact terms of the exclusive deal, he said it was a life-changing proposition.
“Family time is crazy important, [as is] reducing the amount of pressure, because mental health is crazy important,” Lupo said in an interview with The Post, adding that he spent years streaming for 60-70 hours per week. “Everybody’s just trying to secure the bag, right? There’s no shame in that. That’s literally why everybody gets up and goes to work, right? 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?”