“I’m TimTheTatman and I have a huge announcement.”
Those words led to the reveal that Tim “TimTheTatman” Betar is moving to YouTube Gaming. The variety streamer announced he was leaving Twitch on Wednesday, two days after Ben “DrLupo” Lupo also announced that he was leaving the platform for YouTube.
In a video formally announcing the move, Jack “CouRage” Dunlop invited TimTheTatman to join him on YouTube. The popular streamer appeared as a floating head.
In an interview with Insider, TimTheTatman discussed his reasons for moving to YouTube. He explained that he would have more flexibility with YouTube Gaming, which would allow him to spend more time with his family. This was a similar sentiment to that which DrLupo has previously shared.
TimTheTatman stated that family time is “crazy important,” as is reducing professional pressure. He explained that the “financial situation” YouTube presented to him would “secure him for life.” It would also give him more flexibility, something that was a relief for him after streaming 60 to 70 hours a week on Twitch.
Twitch has been the longstanding place for gamers to stream and watch popular content creators. But it seems like a shift is coming. Today, popular streamers such as Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter and Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm also call YouTube Gaming home. While Twitch gets more views, it seems that large content creators are willing to risk losing millions of Twitch followers to find a potentially more stable and rewarding platform elsewhere in the form of YouTube Gaming.
TimTheTatman has almost 7 million Twitch followers. He’ll now be looking to recreate that following on YouTube Gaming.