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One of the most popular streamers in the world, Timothy “TimTheTatman” John Betar, left Twitch to sign exclusively with YouTube Gaming. Tim had been streaming on Twitch since the early 2010s and teased the announcement with an image of two doors on Twitter yesterday.

TimTheTatman’s move from Twitch marks the second big streamer to sign exclusively with YouTube Gaming in the past two days. Yesterday, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo also signed with YouTube for all of his streaming purposes. The pair are now part of an impressive lineup of streamers on YouTube Gaming, including Jack “CouRageJD” Dunlop and Guy “DrDisRespect” Beahm.

TimTheTatman leaves Twitch after a decade of streaming

Signing TimTheTatman may be YouTube’s biggest acquisition yet. He averages over 30,000 viewers while live, playing a variety of multiplayer games but mainly sticking with Call of Duty: Warzone.

While his viewership may drop in this transition, signing a deal of this caliber allows TimTheTatman financial security for himself and his family for years to come.

“The reality is, now that I’ve got my wife and my son, it’s hard for me to stream as much as I did beforehand,” he said in an interview with BusinessInsider.

By signing with YouTube, TimTheTatman no longer has to worry about how much he streams. He’s now paid through the deal, instead of through subscribers and donations as he was on Twitch. These financial benefits were also the catalyst to DrLupo’s signing with YouTube.

Moreover, TimTheTatman stated that YouTube is “hungry” to grow the platform and make it better for viewers and gamers. Fans can now find TimTheTatman streaming exclusively on his YouTube channel.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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