Ninja says DrLupo and TimTheTatman moving to YouTube is a good thing
Prior to sharing his thoughts on the move, Ninja speculated that Twitch and YouTube may have been engaged in a back-and-forth corporate battle in securing exclusive contracts with the streamers.
After citing that he had "no insider information," Ninja explained that Twitch may have been more reluctant to "budge" in offering more lucrative deals or incentives for DrLupo or TimTheTatman to stay on the platform. Ultimately, Twitch lost both streamers, which could only indicate that YouTube had a better offer, or that Twitch was simply resistant in putting forward a better counteroffer.
"TimTheTatman and DrLupo are some of the staples on their platform and now they're gone. And now they're streaming exclusively on YouTube," Ninja said.
Ninja went on to explain why he thought this was, overall, a good thing for other streamers and Twitch partners. "Everyone that is now left on Twitch now has more leverage to stay on the platform by getting a better deal, or they could leave as well."
This rationale does make sense. With both DrLupo and TimTheTatman gone, it could potentially open new doors for other Twitch partners to fill that space. Ninja explains that Twitch could also revisit the deal that lost them DrLupo and TimTheTatman and potentially offer the deal to somebody else. "It's good for the industry," Ninja concluded on the matter.
This is an interesting take by Ninja since he previously indicated that Twitch is the "best streaming platform" out there and that he didn't view YouTube as a competitor when he signed his own exclusive deal with Twitch, after moving back from Mixer.
On the other hand, TimTheTatman is finally able to collaborate with DrDisrespect again, so that's certainly something to look forward to. TimTheTatman's debut stream on YouTube Gaming will air at 8 am PST on September 2nd, alongside DrLupo, Courage and Dr Disrespect.
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