YouTube Gaming signs exclusive streaming deals w/ Twitch stars TimTheTatMan and DrLupo

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9to5Google 01 September, 2021 - 08:56pm 42 views

Is Tim leaving twitch?

One of Twitch's most popular streamers, TimTheTatman, has left the platform to join its competition, YouTube Gaming. After nine years streaming on the platform, Tim announced via Twitter that he made the decision to become a streamer on YouTube. Manchester Evening NewsTimTheTatman leaves Twitch for YouTube

The game streaming space has exploded in recent years, and the Amazon-owned Twitch takes the majority stake. The platform is estimated to stream over 70% of hours watched by streamers, with YouTube Gaming in a distant second place at 15.6% according to a recent report.

To increase its share, YouTube Gaming has signed exclusivity deals with two major Twitch names: TimTheTatMan and DrLupo. The two streamers revealed their deals within just two days of each other, though both didn’t see the financial details disclosed publicly. In an interview with Insider, though, Tim Betar (aka TimTheTatMan) said the deal would allow him to spend more time with his family, and DrLupo said the deal would leave him “secure for life.” As The Verge points out, DrLupo’s former deal with Twitch was worth “millions of dollars per year.”

In terms of the following these two names bring with them, it totals over 11.5 million followers on Twitch. Both TimTheTatMan and DrLupo already have sizable YouTube followings, but their new exclusive presence on the platform will surely push a large portion of their Twitch audience to make the move with them.

DrLupo started his YouTube Gaming run on August 31, and TimTheTatMan is set to begin tomorrow, September 2.

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Twitch loses streamer TimTheTatman for YouTube

Polygon 02 September, 2021 - 01:40pm

Twitch didn't issue a formal response. It wished TimTheTatman well on Twitter, though, saying the streamer would "always be a King" to the service he left.

It's not yet certain this represents a second wave of defections from Twitch. Microsoft spurred the first round, paying Ninja, Shroud and other top streamers to jump ship for Mixer. We wouldn't expect a similar outcome, though. Mixer struggled to compete against its livestreaming rivals, leading Microsoft to shut the service down. Creators had to quickly find alternatives, and some of them returned to Twitch with exclusivity deals. YouTube is in a considerably stronger position, even if it's not the dominant home for live game streaming.

Even so, the moves represent gambles for TimTheTatman, DrLupo and others who might follow suit. While many larger creators have an established YouTube presence for their on-demand videos, that doesn't guarantee they'll watch live shows on Google's service. Even so, this could be a coup for YouTube — and a blow to Twitch if it can't hold on to its best-known stars.

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Dr Disrespect gives mysterious response to huge YouTube Gaming deal rumors

Dexerto 02 September, 2021 - 12:17pm

In June 2020, the streaming world was turned upside down when the Doc was suddenly removed from Twitch. After an extended hiatus, the Two-Time Champion started posting hints that he was making a comeback.

After an Instagram Live stream and a post from his YouTube channel, it became known that the revival of the Champions Club was imminent, and it was going to happen on YouTube.

With an August 6 tweet from Doc, he made it known that he was ready to come back to streaming full time.

Tomorrow, we arrive.https://t.co/EzD5VNbsVB

— Dr Disrespect (@drdisrespect) August 6, 2020

With his big reveal, many assumed that he had signed an exclusive contract with YouTube. However, with the recent announcements from DrLupo and TimTheTatman it has become apparent that it was a choice he made on his own.

Following the recent news from his colleagues, Dr Disrespect has been met with questions and rumors regarding whether or not he will receive an exclusive contract with YouTube.

In his September 1 stream, the Doc received a donation from a viewer that was accompanied with a message: “When are you signing that massive, multi-billion dollar contract with YouTube?”

After reading the donation message, Doc hesitated before motioning his lips to be closed. After making it clear he couldn’t talk about it, he motioned behind him to a photo he had posted on social media the day before.

The image features his likeness standing with purple-colored snakes, presumably signifying his rough relationship with Twitch and his ongoing lawsuit.

While it is still unknown why he was banned from his old platform or when he is going to sign a deal with YouTube, it seems as Dr Disrespect has something up his sleeve to hopefully announce soon.

Dr Disrespect gives mysterious response to huge YouTube Gaming deal rumors

Dexerto 02 September, 2021 - 12:17pm

In June 2020, the streaming world was turned upside down when the Doc was suddenly removed from Twitch. After an extended hiatus, the Two-Time Champion started posting hints that he was making a comeback.

After an Instagram Live stream and a post from his YouTube channel, it became known that the revival of the Champions Club was imminent, and it was going to happen on YouTube.

With an August 6 tweet from Doc, he made it known that he was ready to come back to streaming full time.

Tomorrow, we arrive.https://t.co/EzD5VNbsVB

— Dr Disrespect (@drdisrespect) August 6, 2020

With his big reveal, many assumed that he had signed an exclusive contract with YouTube. However, with the recent announcements from DrLupo and TimTheTatman it has become apparent that it was a choice he made on his own.

Following the recent news from his colleagues, Dr Disrespect has been met with questions and rumors regarding whether or not he will receive an exclusive contract with YouTube.

In his September 1 stream, the Doc received a donation from a viewer that was accompanied with a message: “When are you signing that massive, multi-billion dollar contract with YouTube?”

After reading the donation message, Doc hesitated before motioning his lips to be closed. After making it clear he couldn’t talk about it, he motioned behind him to a photo he had posted on social media the day before.

The image features his likeness standing with purple-colored snakes, presumably signifying his rough relationship with Twitch and his ongoing lawsuit.

While it is still unknown why he was banned from his old platform or when he is going to sign a deal with YouTube, it seems as Dr Disrespect has something up his sleeve to hopefully announce soon.

xQc reveals why he did not make a big announcement about his exclusive deal with Twitch

Sportskeeda 02 September, 2021 - 10:48am

Felix "xQc" Lengyel is currently one of the leading streamers on Twitch. His GTA RP gameplay and Just Chatting streams have earned him a very loyal fanbase on the Amazon-owned platform. The French-Canadian streamer recently revealed that he is on a two-year exclusive contract with Twitch, and has been so for quite some time now.

While playing Valorant on a recent stream, xQc mentioned that he had recently signed a two-year exclusive deal with Twitch. While speaking of the deal, he also explained why he did not make a huge announcement about the signing.

The French-Canadian streamer revealed how nobody really made a big deal out of exclusive Twitch signings, so he didn't think too much about it either. He went on to enact how he would have announced his Twitch signing to make him sound super cool, which was quite funny.

Clearly, xQc simply did not think the exclusive signing was anything out of the ordinary, and, therefore, did not feel the need to announce it.

Currently, many prominent Twitch streamers are making the move to YouTube streaming. It appears as though YouTube streaming offers streamers much more creative freedom and financial support, making it a more attractive offer than Twitch streaming.

Recently, streamers like Valkyrae, Lazarbeam and others have shifted to YouTube streaming, leaving their Twitch days behind. It is also being speculated that Twitch star NICKMERCS might also be shifting to YouTube to stream his content.

Therefore, xQc's decision to commit to streaming on Twitch is quite out of the ordinary. It is also speculated that the current trend may be one of the reasons why the streamer decided to stay on the down-low about his recent signing.

In any case, xQc's commitment to Twitch garners a sigh of relief from all his fans who are in favor of the platform. The streamer could change his mind in the future, but for now, Twitch can proudly flaunt xQc's content.

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xQc reveals why he did not make a big announcement about his exclusive deal with Twitch

Dexerto 02 September, 2021 - 10:48am

Felix "xQc" Lengyel is currently one of the leading streamers on Twitch. His GTA RP gameplay and Just Chatting streams have earned him a very loyal fanbase on the Amazon-owned platform. The French-Canadian streamer recently revealed that he is on a two-year exclusive contract with Twitch, and has been so for quite some time now.

While playing Valorant on a recent stream, xQc mentioned that he had recently signed a two-year exclusive deal with Twitch. While speaking of the deal, he also explained why he did not make a huge announcement about the signing.

The French-Canadian streamer revealed how nobody really made a big deal out of exclusive Twitch signings, so he didn't think too much about it either. He went on to enact how he would have announced his Twitch signing to make him sound super cool, which was quite funny.

Clearly, xQc simply did not think the exclusive signing was anything out of the ordinary, and, therefore, did not feel the need to announce it.

Currently, many prominent Twitch streamers are making the move to YouTube streaming. It appears as though YouTube streaming offers streamers much more creative freedom and financial support, making it a more attractive offer than Twitch streaming.

Recently, streamers like Valkyrae, Lazarbeam and others have shifted to YouTube streaming, leaving their Twitch days behind. It is also being speculated that Twitch star NICKMERCS might also be shifting to YouTube to stream his content.

Therefore, xQc's decision to commit to streaming on Twitch is quite out of the ordinary. It is also speculated that the current trend may be one of the reasons why the streamer decided to stay on the down-low about his recent signing.

In any case, xQc's commitment to Twitch garners a sigh of relief from all his fans who are in favor of the platform. The streamer could change his mind in the future, but for now, Twitch can proudly flaunt xQc's content.

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Why are streamers leaving Twitch for YouTube? For one obvious reason

Dexerto 02 September, 2021 - 07:15am

When Tim’s move was announced on September 1, there were rumblings that this could signal the start of an avalanche for Twitch, with fans speculating on who would be the next domino to fall and switch allegiance from purple to red.

The timing was peculiar too – Tim left Twitch on the same day as the #ADayOffTwitch protest, which saw thousands of streamers boycott the platform for 24 hours, raising awareness about the hate raids that have been targeting marginalized creators.

All this made for the perfect storm, with people prematurely predicting the downfall of Twitch as a platform. Losing its biggest creators, facing backlash from smaller streamers, and being criticized by regular users all at once.

Really though, this is all an overreaction. There is only one reason why these streamers are leaving Twitch, and it has nothing to do with hate raids, DMCA strikes, a vague banning policy, or alleged favoritism towards certain channels.

The reason is that YouTube is offering these streamers enough money that they never have to worry about their sub count dropping or not having enough donations in a given month. When Valkyrae joined YouTube, the contract was so valuable that it wouldn’t matter if she had literally one viewer.

“When I switched over obviously I signed a contract so I was like ‘Ok, this is for stability,'” the 100 Thieves member said. “I can do what I want and not have to worry about numbers and stuff, if I have one viewer I’ll be fine.”

DrLupo was equally as transparent. “Everybody’s just trying to secure the bag, right? There’s no shame in that. That’s literally why everybody gets up and goes to work, right? So of course, the financial situation that YouTube presented me without a doubt is like, you know, I’m secure for life. Everybody’s trying to get to that point. Why would I say no to that?”

It's a big week for @YouTubeGaming! Welcome @DrLupo and @timthetatman – we're so happy you're joining us! pic.twitter.com/hhuEPg9dLr

— Susan Wojcicki (@SusanWojcicki) September 1, 2021

In fact, if it wasn’t for these bumper contracts, it’s likely that these streamers will lose revenue from stream income alone. Dr Disrespect, who moved to YouTube not by choice following his Twitch ban, has revealed that he makes only a quarter of what he did before.

In fairness, the Doc’s situation is unique, because the mystery around his ‘ban’ meant that he was less brand-friendly in the eyes of some partners, and so the loss of sponsored streams could be a factor.

Twitch bounties allow streamers of various sizes to take advantage of sponsored streams. Subscription loyalty benefits are incredibly powerful for keeping fans subscribed for years. The benefits of Prime Gaming are obviously unique to Twitch as well.

If you ask YouTube, they would argue they already have. The metrics for gaming content overall is far bigger on YouTube, when you include VOD content, and especially when looking at viewership from Asia and South America.

But, if we focus purely on livestream content, Twitch is still dominating. In Q2 of 2021, Twitch’s average concurrent viewership was 3 million – YouTube Gaming was only 599,000. Also, Twitch’s concurrent viewership increased from Q1, while YouTube’s saw a 5% decrease from Q1 to Q2.

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— timthetatman👑 (@timthetatman) September 1, 2021

There’s no doubt that these numbers will grow for YouTube as they sign these big-name Twitch streamers. But, will the average livestream-watcher totally migrate from YouTube to Twitch, just because Tim and DrLupo have left? Probably not. Their hardcore fans will, but those who simply prefer Twitch are likely to find a new favorite streamer there instead.

Why? Because what YouTube Gaming is yet to achieve in the livestream space is still glaringly obvious: discoverability, shareability, and community. Even during the CDL (a product YouTube paid handsomely for), CoD fans complained of it being hard to find the stream.

YouTube is more than aware of these shortcomings though and is definitely working to address them. The addition of clips earlier this year was a massive improvement – but they’re still not as easily shareable as Twitch. We cannot, for example, embed a YouTube clip in this article. There is simply no embed option.

Users cannot browse a streamer’s ‘best clips’ either – another much-loved function on Twitch.

In terms of community, this is going to be the most difficult barrier to overcome. Twitch chat has its problems, toxicity being the main one. But there’s no doubt that the chat features are one of the site’s strong points. Channel points, polls, mods, VIPs, badges, commands, and of course, emotes, all contribute to the community engagement.

Emotes might seem like a frivolous feature – how important can ‘KEKW’ and ‘PogChamp’ really be? The answer is very. YouTube has chat emotes of course, and streamers can upload their own just like Twitch, but otherwise, they’re essentially just Apple emojis (not to mention they make the stream lag when scrolling through them).

YouTube is definitely a serious competitor to Twitch’s livestreaming throne, one that the Amazon-owned platform will be looking over their shoulder at. But, for now, luring a handful of big names with big contracts won’t be enough to cause a wholesale shift in viewer’s attention.

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