New York – August 22, 2019 – ReKTGlobal, parent company of Rogue, today announces, it has signed a multi-year contract with Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, a top Twitch streamer and captain of Rogue’s Fortnite team. Recently named one of TIME’s 25 most influential people on the Internet, DrLupo is not only well-known for his snipes in Fortnite, but also for his significant charity work raising awareness and millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Hospital through his streaming platform. Terms of the multi-year deal include Lupo serving as the face of Rogue through appearances, streams, and sponsorship activations. In addition to being involved in all aspects of the organization’s business and initiatives like Rogue Nation and Junior Rogue, Lupo has also earned equity in ReKTGlobal as part of the deal.
“Rogue encompasses professionalism at its finest in the esports industry,” commented Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo. “The relationships that I’ve developed within Rogue feel like no other – the only word I can use to truly describe the feeling is ‘family.’ They’re goal oriented without losing focus on what is most important in gaming: fun. I’m excited to continue to work with Rogue and ReKTGlobal on a ton of exciting upcoming adventures, and I cannot wait to get more people involved.”Watch DrLupo speak about the multi-year deal and the significance of Rogue and ReKTGlobal to him here: http://bit.ly/2z85TTN
With more than 7 million followers, DrLupo is one of the most popular Fortnite players in the world. An Omaha native and former systems engineer, Lupo is known for treating his viewers like family through engaging, candid streams, in which his wife and four-year-old son frequently appear. In addition to his influence within the gaming community, Lupo is known for his involvement with charity. In July 2019, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital named DrLupo its inaugural Content Creator of the Year in recognition of the record-breaking sum he raised for the hospital. Additionally, DrLupo’s four-hour 2019 St. Jude PLAY LIVE stream raised nearly $1 million for the hospital, breaking several fundraising records.
“Ben, otherwise known as DrLupo, is the rarest of the rare in esports,” commented Dave Bialek, CEO of ReKTGlobal. “He is part celebrity and part philanthropist. He is an individual superstar and the Captain of Rogue’s Fortnite and Junior Rogue teams,” he continued. “His family values and support for Rogue and ReKTGlobal make him the only choice to serve at the face of our growing organization. We are thrilled to have him as an integral part of the company.”
“In addition to his status as a top gamer, DrLupo is an excellent role model,” emphasized Amish Shah, co-founder of ReKTGlobal. “He is the perfect addition to the ReKTGlobal family, and we look forward to our continued work with him.”
“Ben is an integral part of the Rogue brand and has been for some time now,” stated Derek Nelson, Founder and CEO of Rogue. “Negotiations of his contract extension couldn’t have gone smoother. He shares our vision for the expansion of the company’s content and the growth of the company at large. He and his wife Sam have a great relationship with our executives, staff and other players, and we’re all thrilled to keep them part of the Rogue family.”
Adding to their ownership of global esports powerhouse Rogue, ReKTGlobal recently welcomed Michael “ODEE” O’Dell to the global esports organization as Chief Gaming Officer and acquired Greenlit Content, a hybrid company behind some of gaming’s most popular editorial sites and viral branded gaming content, events and activations in collaboration with brands like Xbox, HyperX, Epic Games, Activision Blizzard and Warner Bros. ReKTGlobal also announced the addition of Dutch DJ/producer Nicky Romero, legendary Latin music producer Tainy and music executive Lex Borrero as investors, expanding its growing group of entertainment investments from major music forces that include world renowned EDM sensation Steve Aoki, Billboard Award-winning members of Imagine Dragons, and Live Nation.
In addition to raising $10.8 million in Series A funding in 2019 on behalf of Rogue’s global expansion and entry into the League of Legends Europe Championship (LEC), ReKTGlobal also welcomed 18 esports players into the second semester of its Junior Rogue professional gaming accelerator program in partnership with Find Your Grind (FYG) that provides amateur Fortnite players with opportunities to succeed in esports, and worked with State Farm to announce its first ever endorsement of an esports athlete, DrLupo.
Brands, teams and media companies interested in connecting with Rogue or ReKTGlobal can learn more about the company and contact the team at http://rektglobal.com/contact/.