Omaha's famous "Fortnite" gamer uses his platform to do some spectacular during the holidays.
Benjamin Lupo, known by his online moniker DrLupo, raised more than $ 600,000 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital during a 24-hour livestream on Dec 22 and 23. Donations came in from 85 countries around the world, helping Lupo bring in to $ 1,3 million in 2018.
Lupo broadcasts himself playing the popular battle royale video game on the streaming service Twitch, where he has 2.8 million followers.
"One of the best parts of being a streamer is seeing communities of people form, and working with those communities to help others and leave a legacy of positivity," Lupo said in a statement. "Having the opportunity to engage the gaming community in the mission of St. Jude has been changing lives, and I'm so grateful to continue to do so.
By donating $ 100, followers could force him to drop any weapon or item immediately while he's playing the last-man-standing battle game. Followers donating $ 1,000 had their names added to the "intro" and "outro" for his videos.
Lupo lives in Omaha with his wife and young son, Charlie. Once Lupo raised $ 200,000, his son and wife jumped on the controls for a while.
Lupo pledged $ 10,000 of his own money once followers raised $ 50,000.
"To raise $ 1 million for the kids of St. Jude in just Richard Shadyac, Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude, said in a statement. St. George continues to fight childhood and other life-threatening diseases. "