Streamer Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo is officially leaving Twitch in favor of YouTube Gaming, joining the likes of 100 Thieves’ CouRage and Valkyrae.
Following an August 27 tweet teasing something new, the now-former Twitch streamer has made an official announcement. He’s signed an exclusive contract with YouTube Gaming.
Having already built up a sizeable following of 1.7 million subscribers on the rival streaming platform, DrLupo may be off to a great start when he does his first official stream on August 31, 2021.
By signing this exclusive contract with YouTube, it shows DrLupo sees an opportunity within Google’s platform.
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According to a report from The Verge, DrLupo has suggested that the platform will also help him as he expands his brand through other entertainment initiatives, possibly suggesting that there is more to YouTube streaming than we currently know.
Why did DrLupo leave Twitch?
In an interview with The Washington Post, Lupo stated a few reasons why he would leave Twitch for another platform. Despite not disclosing the terms of his exclusive deal, he stated that it was a life-changing proposition.
In a quote from the interview, Ben states: “Family time is crazy important, [as is] reducing the amount of pressure because mental health is crazy important, 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?”
The interview also states that Lupo will put more effort into pre-recorded content, allowing him to spend more time with his family. He goes on to mention that his family has a few trips coming up, which would allow the creator to upload more ‘behind the scenes’ vlog content as he wishes.
Among the reasons he signed with YouTube, DrLupo also cited that Twitch’s recent influx of hate raids also helped motivate him to show that other platforms can be a viable option.
When is DrLupo’s first YouTube stream?
Shortly after announcing his move to Google’s streaming platform, DrLupo tweeted his start date for his new platform as August 31, 2021.