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Gamer raises nearly $1 million for charity in under 5 hours

/ 06:54 PM June 25, 2019

A gamer in the United States raised nearly $1 million (around P51 million) for a children’s hospital in under five hours last Sunday, June 23.

Ben Lupo, known as “Dr. Lupo” in the gaming community, hosted a live stream with a Florida-based gaming event, GuardianCon, to encourage fellow gamers to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Ben Lupo, better known as “Dr. Lupo” in the gaming community. Image: Screengrab from extopdoll’s video “DrLupo emotional charity reaction” via Twitch/extopdoll.

As he started the live stream, he took to Twitter to share a photo of the details of the event such as the monetary goals, incentives and various raffle items to be given away to donors.

Some of the incentives included the gamer playing with self-imposed handicaps that would make it harder for him to play, such as dropping weapons while playing and losing the ability to build in the game.

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His milestones had a more personal touch, including that he would have his son play “Fortnite” if the goal of $350,000 (about P17 million) in donations were met. Another milestone would have the gamer’s wife play another game, “Resident Evil”.

As the live stream came to a close, other personalities in the gaming community donated fairly huge amounts of money, such as gamers who go by the names “Ninja,” “TimtheTatman,” “ItsmeJP” and “Annemunition” as reported by Forbes on June 23.

As the live stream ended, Lupo took the time to express his gratitude to everyone involved in the charity effort.

“Thank so much to every single person that’s donated, to every single person that’s supported St. Jude. I’m gonna sit here in my chair and cry for a little bit,” he said.

Following the end of his live stream, Lupo revealed the exact amount raised for the children’s hospital — $920,343.98 (about P47,273,008).

The children’s hospital also shared the good news via their Twitter page on the same day: “$3.7M raised for the kids of @StJude through @GuardianCon. YOU DID THAT. You all have joined our mission that ‘no child should die in the dawn of life.’ Thank you, thank you!”

GuardianCon is a community-based charity event that features multiple games and community panels to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ryan Arcadio/JB

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TOPICS: Ben Lupo, Charity, Fortnite, Gaming, live streaming
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