Gaming chair brand under fire for bad photoshop of DrLupo - Dexerto

Gaming chair brand under fire for bad photoshop of DrLupo

Published: 1/Dec/2019 16:16 Updated: 1/Dec/2019 16:36

by Joe Craven


Popular gaming retailer Newegg have been criticized after an image attached to a gaming chair on their website appeared to use a doctored photo of Twitch streamer Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo.

DrLupo is one of the biggest stars on Twitch, piggy-backing the success of Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale. He is known for his frequent collaborations with other streaming powerhouses, such as Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins. 

Lupo currently sits at over 3.6 million followers on Twitch, and is well known for his signature setup, involving a retro gaming headset. However, on November 30, one Twitter user noticed that Newegg may be doctoring one of his images without permission, and using it to sell chairs.

NeweggThe listing for the chair, minus any DrLupo related images.

Its_TyK, an editor for esports organization Team Secret, explained that he was “casually scrolling on Newegg and I stumble across a gaming chair and they faked a Dr Lupo picture for their product.” Attached was a photo of DrLupo while streaming, showing his gaming chair, monitors and headset. 

The photograph featured on Newegg seems to be the same image, with a number of identical features, including the microphone, headset, and even the gamer’s t-shirts. The only discernible differences are the chair in use, the face of the person at the setup, and the monitor in the background being blurred out. 

The tweet was quickly noticed by a number of Twitter users, including DrLupo himself. It currently stands at nearly 4,000 likes and over 200 retweets. DrLupo replied asking for a link to the website. Following the link now shows that the photo in question has been removed, but the posting for the chair remains.

There were a number of suggestions floating around Twitter, including that the likeness to DrLupo was intentional to increase the likelihood of people buying the chair. Others merely suggested the company saw potential in the image.

It is not clear whether the image belonged to Newegg or was supplied by the sellers of the chair itself. The chair comes from Homall, retailers of gaming chairs. Dexerto has reached out to Newegg for comment.

It is obviously unconfirmed whether or not the website/suppliers were intentionally using the image of Dr Lupo, but a number of Twitter users were quick to point out the obvious similarities. 

No statement has been released by the website, and Dr Lupo has not made any further comment beyond his tweet.


Streamer goes viral for calling out “disrespectful” Among Us players

Published: 4/Dec/2020 16:53

by Michael Gwilliam


YouTuber and Twitch streamer Julien ‘julien’ Solomita has gone viral for a clip in which he called out Among Us players who are disrespectful towards others in-game.

In the viral clip, which has been viewed over 350,000 times since being uploaded to Twitter on December 4, Julien blasted people who infect his lobbies with negativity or make others feel “unsafe.”

“When I make these lobbies, when I go around and hit up some of my friends, and often times some of my friends’ friends to play Among Us with me, I have one thing in mind: that everyone I’m inviting gets to have fun,” the streamer began his rant.

“Gets to feel welcome. Gets to feel safe. Gets the exact opportunity as everyone else to be listened to. And gets to go home at the end of the night and say that had a good night of gaming,” he continued.

among us death screen
Among Us has become one of the most popular online games.

According to Julien, this mantra should be enforced for new people. “I’ve met more people in the streaming world playing Among Us than I’ve ever met, by far, than any other game,” he explained. “So, when new people are in my lobbies, I try to go extra to out of my way to make those people feel like they’re welcome and they get to have fun.”

Communication can be key in Among Us, so it makes sense that anyone who plays would want to be able to speak freely and not be spoken over. As such, when players aren’t able to get a word in, the experience can be ruined.

This is why the streamer has “zero tolerance” for the “normalization” of disrespecting people in video games.

“Among Us is a game and it’s for fun. It’s not so boys can talk over women. It’s not to make new people in the group feel small or unwelcome. It’s not to win in every game at all costs,” he continued to rant. “It’s a game and it’s for everybody to enjoy.”

He went on to reach out to players who may have been disrespected in online games and hoped that they never experienced that again. “I don’t want anyone here to get the idea that it’s even close to normal for that to be how you feel when you play a video game. That’s not normal. It’s f**king weird, it’s wrong.”

A lot of people have taken Solomita’s message to heart and voiced their agreement in the replies. Hopefully, his words have a lasting effect on players feeling a bit out of touch in online games such as Among Us.