Omaha-based Fortnite streamer Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo raised nearly $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a 4½-hour livestream on Sunday.
Lupo, who is one of the biggest names in streaming of the Fortnite game, gained widespread attention for raising more than $600,000 for St. Jude during a 24-hour livestream in December.
Sunday’s fundraiser took that to an entirely different level. Lupo’s incredible $920,000 sum is believed to be the most money raised for charity per minute by any gaming streamer, according to Forbes.
Today, gaming raised $920,343.98 in 4 hours and 30 minutes. ❤️💜— DrLupo (@DrLupo) June 23, 2019
Lupo raised money by offering viewers incentives for donating. By donating $10, viewers were entered into a raffle for prizes including gaming gear, a laptop and a one-year supply of Hershey’s chocolate. For $100 or more, viewers could alter the way Lupo plays the game by forcing him to drop items or stop building defenses entirely.
Many small donations poured in, but so did large ones, including donations from other streamers such as the uber-popular Fortnite streamer Ninja. Lupo also donated $50,000 of his own money.
To hit higher fundraising goals, Lupo offered additional incentives. When the total pot hit the $350,000 threshold, he put his young son Charlie on the controls and microphone for a game. At $500,000, his wife streamed herself playing “Resident Evil” for an hour.
Lupo’s fundraiser was part of a larger multiday event called Guardian Con. His stream, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT Sunday, was the final stream of the weeklong event.
Lupo set a fundraising record during last year’s event, too, raising $350,000. That mark was briefly beaten by game development company Bungie, which raised $400,000 this year, until Lupo’s 2019 stream more than doubled that record.
In total, this year’s Guardian Con totaled $3.7 million for St. Jude, with the Omaha streamer leading the pack.