Twitch streamer Ludwig Anders Ahgren made some interesting claims on his last episode of The Yard.
Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo and Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar left for YouTube earlier this week. Then FPS veteran Nicholas “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff hinted at a big deal coming up. And now, during the latest episode of his podcast, Ludwig hinted that even more Twitch streamers would be leaving the streaming platform for exclusive contracts over on YouTube Gaming.
“DrLupo just signed with YouTube exclusively, which, I will say, there’s going to be a bunch more people soon. I can’t leak,” Ludwig said.
According to Ludwig, this isn’t just an assumption or hunch. The popular streamer said he has some “secret info” that can’t be revealed. The information has led him to confidently state that “a lot of streamers are going to leave Twitch for YouTube.” The reason? Twitch has “zero good contracts.”
The streaming community isn’t too shocked by this possibility. DrLupo, CouRage, Valkyrae, and TimTheTatman are already on YouTube, as is Dr Disrespect, although he doesn’t currently have an exclusive contract. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see even more big-name content creators make the switch, especially if the contracts are as good as DrLupo, TimTheTatman, and NICKMERCS have alluded to.
In the past, streamers like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Michael “shroud” Grzesiek were easily persuaded to leave Twitch for exclusive contracts. Ninja himself recently stated that he likes that people are leaving Twitch so that the platform will have to fight harder to create better contracts for current streamers who may be tempted to leave.
YouTube Gaming has a number of different monetization tools available that can make gaming on YouTube as lucrative as it is on Twitch. That said, the kind of exclusive contracts that DrLupo and TimTheTatman are receiving won’t be available to everyone.
While some streamers have gotten multi-million-dollar contracts with Twitch and Mixer, only a handful of the most popular streamers will receive those sorts of exclusive contracts. Most content creators who don’t have an exclusive contract with one platform are best served by maintaining a presence on both YouTube and Twitch, with many enjoying success by live streaming on Twitch while posting highlights on YouTube..