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DrLupo Signs Exclusive Deal with YouTube

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Popular streamer Ben “DrLupo” Lupo, who has utilized his popular twitch streams to raise money for charities, is taking his talents to YouTube, inking an exclusive deal that marks the end of his Twitch career.

“Family time is crazy important, [as is] reducing the amount of pressure, because mental health is crazy important,” Lupo said, during an interview with the Washington Post. “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?”

While Lupo will be introducing a new schedule with his move to YouTube, fans can expect more of the same when it comes to his content.

“Obviously, I’ll still be playing video games on YouTube,” Lupo said. “But we have a chance now to do some new stuff. We’ve got some trips coming up, so there’ll be behind-the-scenes stuff. I can record some vlog-style content, and a lot of people who are at my level that are dads don’t really put out that kind of stuff.”

Lupo also discussed the challenges for twitch channels on the Amazon streaming platform.

“On Twitch, I’m a pretty big fish in a lake,” Lupo said. “When [I] move to YouTube, I’m a little fish in the ocean. There’s so much room to grow, and there’s so many opportunities to do incredible things with all sorts of content creators on YouTube. I think if it were any other platform, I might be concerned. But YouTube is, like, it. I think people underestimate the size of the platform and how much you can do with it.”

“The example I try and set means just as much regardless of what platform I’m on,” Lupo said. “Twitch is without a doubt the king of livestreaming. YouTube is huge, but the livestream gaming side is a little smaller. Same with Facebook. As those things get refined and built out and fleshed out better, and they’re more adoptable for viewers, it’s gonna matter less and less what platform people stream on. It’s more about supporting the content creators themselves.”

“If after six years,” Lupo said, “my list of accomplishments includes raising almost $10 million for St. Jude [Children’s Research Hospital], being on countless websites and in tons of advertisements, being able to commentate the ‘Fortnite’ World Cup, being involved in Make-A-Wish events and meeting kids in person at St. Jude — if I’ve fallen off, then man, it sure sounds like I did a damn good job during my heyday or whatever you want to call it.”

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Twitch, National Music Publishers Association Nearing Licensing Agreement

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Amazon owned streaming platform Twitch is reportedly nearing a music licensing agreement with the National Music Publisher’s Association (NMPA) that would put an end to the long battle between the publishing organization and the live-streaming platform, according to Billboard.

The reports goes on to state that the two parties have come to an agreement in principle, but there is nothing binding that has been signed. Another source cited in the report said that a deal may be announced by the end of September.

A licensing agreement between Twitch and music labels has been in the works for years, per the report, and would likely bring an end to the DMCA takedowns on the platform, a big plus for twitch streams moving forward, should a deal become official.

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Launch Trailer Arrives for Kena: Bridge of Spirits

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A pair of brand new trailers has arrived for Ember Labs’ upcoming action-adventure ‘Kena: Bridge of Spirits’, which includes an official launch trailer and Photo Mode trailer, for the game scheduled to hit Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 in November.

“Our community was extremely vocal about their desire for a physical edition from the moment we first announced the game,” Ember Lab chief operations officer Josh Grier said. “It’s an honor to create a game people want to add to their collections, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Maximum Games to make that happen so quickly after the initial launch.”

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1047 Games Says ‘Splitgate’ Only “25% Complete”

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1047 Games, the developer behind ‘Splitgate’, has much more in store for fans of the game, according to creator/developer Ian Proulx who said that the immensely popular PvP game is only 25% complete.

In an interview with TechCrunch, and with some comments to GamesBeat, Proulx talked about the plans for the game, which has generated $100 million in investment capital over the past few months.

“The scope of what we can do is now through the roof,” Proulx explains. “There’s so much we couldn’t think about because we were a tiny team with a tiny budget, but now everything is on the table. We’re focusing on the long term — I look at the game as being 25% done. We don’t need to be Fortnite tomorrow, but now it really is about building the next Riot Games, the next big games business.”

 

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