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Benjamin Dempsey, 11, left, plays “Fortnite” with Benjamin Lupo, known as DrLupo, on Saturday at the Nebraska Furniture Mart. A long line of fans waited to meet the well-known Omaha gamer.

After DrLupo finished a “Fortnite” match, a fan put a few dollars on his gaming desk at the Nebraska Furniture Mart. The well-known gamer put his hands in the air and shrugged; he doesn’t need the tip.

Benjamin Lupo drew a large crowd at the Furniture Mart on Saturday. The local gamer makes seven figures streaming “Fortnite,” a popular computer game, on Twitch.

About 27 people had the chance to play on Lupo’s team Saturday. People stood in line for hours at the retailer to get a chance to play a match with or meet Lupo. A round lasts about 20 minutes, and Lupo played on a team with three others for each match.

He gamed with fans from noon to 3 p.m. A meet-and-greet was held after that.

Joe Dempsey brought his 11-year-old son Benjamin and two friends, who play Fortnite “all the time.”

They arrived more than an hour before the event started, and after another two hours, the kids got a chance to play with Lupo.

Their team finished 21st of 25 teams in the online game. “But it was fun they got to play with him,” Dempsey said.

The first fan got in line when the store opened at 10 a.m., Furniture Mart Marketing Supervisor Jackie Chavez said. Shortly after that, the line formed.

About 400 people met Lupo Saturday, Chavez said. More than 150 people were in line at 2:30 p.m.

Bryan Adcock became a fan after meeting Lupo at a Best Buy in Omaha.

“He bought us gift cards that we were already going to buy just ’cause we’re fans,” said Adcock, 17. Lupo talked to Adcock and his friends for about a half-hour and showed them his Tesla. “He was really genuine and nice.”

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