TimTheTatman and DrLupo have Parted away With Twitch and Signed Streaming Deal With YouTube. TimTheTatman (aka Tim Betar) has stated that starting September 2nd, he will broadcast “exclusively” on YouTube Gaming. He didn’t explain why he left Twitch, but it comes less than two years after he (together with DrLupo and Saqib “Lirik” Zahid) signed a multi-year deal with the streaming platform.
YouTube head of gaming Ryan Wyatt remarked on Twitter, referring to Betar’s transfer to YouTube, that “we’re developing the best gaming platform in the world for artists, publishers, and players.” Betar is abandoning a growing community of exclusive game streamers, such as Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter and Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, to join a growing network of Twitch followers.
You’ll always be a King to us.
— Twitch (@Twitch) September 1, 2021
He ominously tweeted a photo of a dark room with two white doors yesterday, implying that an announcement was on the way. And his verified button on Twitch was disabled this morning, hinting at the change.
— timthetatman👑 (@timthetatman) September 1, 2021
TimTheTatman is the latest Twitch streamer to switch to YouTube Gaming, following in the footsteps of DrLupo. CouRage (who was included in Tim’s announcement video today), Valkyrae, and Dr Disrespect are among the noteworthy Twitch personalities that have left Twitch for YouTube. Dr Disrespect
Tim’s Twitch channel has averaged 34,634 average viewers over the last year, totaling more than 60 million hours watched. His YouTube account has over seven million subscribers. His primary YouTube channel has 3.79 million subscribers. His Twitter account has a significant following of 2.5 million people.
The platform gained massive viewership potential as the duo have already generated nearly 60M hours watched on Twitch in 2021! pic.twitter.com/t4tYNkeeFm
— Stream Hatchet (@StreamHatchet) September 1, 2021
Twitch has long been the go-to platform for video game streamers, but that’s starting to change. Streamers have been leaving the site in droves in recent years, tempted away by exclusive arrangements on rival platforms. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, one of Twitch’s top performers, quit the network in 2019 to join Mixer. (After Mixer shut down, Blevins went back to Twitch.) According to a Streamlabs analysis, Twitch is still the most popular streaming site by a wide margin. However, it appears that streamers value something other than simple audience numbers – whether it’s money, more time off, or a more personalized experience on the site.