After nine years on Twitch, TimTheTatman, one of the most popular streamers, has decided to leave the platform and join YouTube Gaming. Here’s why.
On Twitch, streaming is all about the follower count. There is no more money to be made with 3 million followers, but on YouTube Gaming, things are different. With advertising revenue that nearly doubles what Twitch makes for their top streamers, it doesn’t surprise that TimTheTatman has switched streams just a few days after the release of YouTube Gaming. By leaving Twitch thousands of his fans will be left behind in order to come over to YouTube Gaming with him.
Some of the most popular streamers on Twitch are finally making the switch to YouTube Gaming. With 100 million users “Google’s new gaming platform” hopes to get more of the top video game streaming accounts started on the platform. For TimTheTatman, he will be leaving his largest source of income behind in order to bring in more money with his followers.
Besides having a lot of viewers, there is also a lot of money to be made in live streaming. According to Sporting News, each Twitch streamer can earn $970 per month during peak hours for their main content, but Google has it even easier when compared with other streaming services when it comes down to earning money paid by advertisers when they advertise against your content.
With YouTube Gaming being ad-based, advertisers are able to limit which countries can be targeted, but with Twitch they are not. As a result, they are not making the same kind of money for their videos that Twitch streamers are.
On top of all of this; there is also the chat system on Twitch. The chat system on Twitch has been known for being one of the worst environments in the world when it comes to how women are treated online while streaming or viewing content. This has changed some over the past few years but still remains an issue regardless of what anyone thinks about it; where YouTube Gaming will keep things clean and safe for all viewers regardless of who you are or what gender you identify as.
With all of these things working against Twitch there is no way that they will be able to keep up with YouTube Gaming. In fact, according to Business Insider “In the first four months since YouTube launched its new gaming platform, it doubled their share from last year.” By leaving Twitch behind, TimTheTatman will join the 6 other top streamers who have already left in order to make more money on YouTube Gaming.