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Ninja shares his take on DrLupo and Timethetatman leaving Twitch for YouTube

Tyler "Ninja" Blevins believes that DrLupo and TimTheTatman moving from Twitch over to YouTube is a good thing for the industry, says other streamers have "more leverage" to stay and secure better deals now.
Internet icon, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, recently shared his thoughts on why he thinks DrLupo's and TimTheTatman's move to YouTube is a good thing, in a live stream. Apart from both streamers now being able to collaborate with famed YouTube star, Dr Disrespect, once again, Ninja explained how other streamers and Twitch partners may now have "more leverage" to stay and secure better deals on the Amazon-owned streaming platform.

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.

Ninja shares thoughts on TimTheTatman and DrLupo move to YouTube Gaming
Ninja shares thoughts on TimTheTatman and DrLupo move to YouTube Gaming. (Picture: YouTube / Ninja)

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 shares thoughts on TimTheTatman and DrLupo move to YouTube Gaming
Ninja shares thoughts on TimTheTatman and DrLupo move to YouTube Gaming. (Picture: Twitch / TimTheTatman)

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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Header image via YouTube / Red Bull Gaming.