Imagine making a Twitch account just so you could monitor your in-game progress while at work one day—and just under six years later, that same account is the 12th most-followed channel on the platform. If that seems impossible, look no further than DrLupo.
Born Benjamin Lupo on March 20, 1987, the 31-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska has created a brand that’s backed by corporate sponsors, followed by millions of people across several platforms, and changed his family’s life for the better.
In 2013, Lupo was an active Diablo player. All Diablo players know how important farming for experience is to the progression of the game, and Lupo was no exception. He wanted to continue his XP grind while away at the office, but didn’t feel comfortable having to wait until after work to make sure nothing went wrong.
Lupo cleverly decided to livestream his gameplay via Twitch so he could monitor from his work desk. “If something went wrong, I could text my wife, she would fix the position for me or even go and collect legendary items,” Lupo told Red Bull. “I love that woman to death.”
He later became intensely obsessed with Bungie’s Destiny, becoming a feared combatant in the game’s PvP mode. Lupo streamed Destiny for several years until making the switch to a variety of other games like Overwatch. After dabbling around games and eventually getting partnered on Twitch in 2016, Lupo settled on PUBG.
Lupo was still maintaining his engineering job alongside his growing Twitch career until his wife, who’s known as MrsDrLupo by fans, motivated him to become a full-time streamer around his 30th birthday. He took the plunge and seems to have not looked back since.
According to local news outlet Omaha World-Herald, Lupo, “doesn’t feel like he’s worked one day,” since becoming a full-time streamer. But there are some new challenges he’s faced since making the transition.
Last year, Lupo was swatted three times, a problem that has become unfortunately all-too-common for large internet personalities. The World-Herald reports that since those incidents, the local police are aware of the situation and only a single officer is dispatched to Lupo’s residence whenever a swatting call is received simply to make sure everything is alright.
There have been incidents of fans arriving uninvited to his house, and countless threats and derogatory messages sent his way. Akin to swatting, these are problems Lupo didn’t encounter during his previous career, but he has learned how to handle and address them properly.
Lupo streams between 10 and 13 hours a day for five days out of the week. He has previously said that he dislikes how much time he spends away from his wife and two-year-old son, Charlie, but still believes he’s on the best path forward to achieve his goal of retiring by age 40.
At the time of writing, Lupo boasts more than three million followers and 22,000 subscribers on Twitch. His social media stats are equally as impressive, with 3.3 million followers on Instagram and 987,000 on Twitter. His Facebook page has 22,000 likes, and his popular YouTube channel sits at 1.2 million subscribers.
Lupo’s sponsors include endemic brands (operations based in or involved in gaming) like Secret Lab (chairs), Blue (microphones), NZXT (computer hardware manufacturer), and Finalmouse (mouse manufacturer). Non-endemic sponsors include Cylance Smart Antivirus, Kings Coast Coffee, and State Farm insurance. Lupo is also a PUBG Partner, sells his merchandise through Design By Humans, and is the captain of Rogue’s Fortnite team.
Other popular streamers, such as Tim “TimTheTatMan” Betar, Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, Coby “Dizzy” Meadows, and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, make regular appearances on Lupo’s broadcasts.
Interestingly, Ninja and Lupo met during a round of PUBG thanks to a bit of serendipity. In short, while playing solos, both streamers wound up in the same match. They crossed paths and exchanged shots, but it was a perfectly thrown grenade by Lupo that ended Ninja’s hopes of a victory. After that, Ninja added Lupo as a friend and the two were playing PUBG together that night.
Perhaps Lupo’s most popular guest is his adorable son, Charlie. The fan-favorite toddler appears on stream only occasionally, but whenever he’s on camera, he steals the show.
Lupo streams from 9am to 4pm and 8 to 11pm CT on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. He also streams from 8 to 11pm CT on Sundays, while Wednesdays are his day off.