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Patrick at VidCon 2016.
Matthew Robert Patrick
November 15, 1986
Medina, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||Medina High School|
|Alma mater||Duke University|
|Occupation||Internet celebrity and digital analytics strategist and consultant|
Stephanie Cordato (m. 2012)
|Subscribers||21.6 million (combined)|
|Network||Long Haul Management Clients & Partners/ Studio 71|
|Updated July 14, 2019|
Matthew Robert Patrick (born November 15, 1986), also known by his screen name MatPat, is an American internet personality, actor, writer, producer, and former musical theater performer. He is best known as the creator and narrator of the YouTube webseries Game Theory, where he comments on topics such as the logic, scientific accuracy, and lore of various video games and the gaming industry. He is also known for creating the spinoff Film Theory, centering around cinema and internet filmography.
In 2015, Patrick created one of YouTube's first live gaming channels, GTLive, and in 2016, he created the YouTube Premium series MatPat's Game Lab. In 2018, MatPat joined Joey Graceffa along with other YouTuber guests on the third season of Graceffa's YouTube Premium series Escape the Night, MatPat will also make a return on Season 4. As of August 2019, Patrick has amassed nearly 22 million subscribers and over 3.6 billion views total across his three channels. Between July 1, 2016 and July 31, 2016, he starred in the game show The Runner.
Matthew Robert Patrick was born on November 15, 1986, in Medina County, Ohio. Growing up, Patrick took interest in fine arts, most notably musical theatre. He valued education throughout his student days and spent most of his free time studying or taking additional classes. His enthusiasm for learning led to him skipping even his lunch periods to take classes and to spend his summer vacations taking courses at college campuses. Patrick graduated from Medina High School as the class valedictorian and earned a perfect score on his SAT. His strong academic record earned him a full academic scholarship into Duke University.
Immediately after graduating summa cum laude from Duke with a double major in psychology and theater, Patrick moved to New York City in order to pursue an acting career, which he eventually quit because he could not make a fulfilling income. After two years of near-total unemployment, he uploaded the promotional trailer for Game Theory, and four days later, he uploaded the first episode, explaining the scientific accuracy of the time travelling mechanic in the SNES game Chrono Trigger.
The Game Theorists
Patrick first created a YouTube account under the name "MatthewPatrick13" in 2009. He uploaded numerous videos of his performances and auditions for musical theatre, including one where he sang "It Takes Two" from the musical Hairspray. The first video he put a lot of time to edit was a video he used to propose to his now wife, Stephanie.
On April 18, 2011, he uploaded the first episode of his new show, Game Theory, where he discusses the relationship between reality and gaming in terms of science, math and culture. Inspired by the YouTube series Extra Credits episode Tangential Learning (March 23, 2011) he created Game Theory with the goal of creating "gaming's tangential learning experience" to show his abilities to companies that might watch his channel. He frequently uploads episodes covering Nintendo characters, as well as popular games such as Minecraft, Five Nights at Freddy's, Call of Duty and Pokémon, as well as numerous other games. Early on in the show's history, MatPat was interviewed by Ronnie "Oni" Edwards, host of his Internet show Random Encounters. After this meeting, Ronnie accepted MatPat's offer to be Game Theory's main editor. Before this, MatPat was the sole editor of the show. The first episode of Game Theory that Ronnie edited was How Much is Minecraft Diamond Armor Worth? He occasionally uploaded videos commenting on the gaming market, as well as on other matters that he deemed noteworthy. He gained subscribers and his videos were being posted on the front pages of sites such as ScrewAttack and GameTrailers. Game Theory has become known for Patrick's educational, consistent and in-depth approach to game analysis.
During the course of its life, The Game Theorists has hosted numerous spin-offs and separate shows. Some of the shows are only partly on The Game Theorists and consist of more episodes on the creators' channels.
- Game Exchange (July 5, 2012 – June 7, 2014 on The Game Theorists, still on Gaijin Goombah) is a show by Michael Sundman where he talks in a high-pitched voice as a Goomba character named Gaijin Goombah about gaming in relation to various international cultures. The version on The Game Theorists has since been replaced permanently with Culture Shock which started on April 10, 2014 as a show very similar in style and content. Starting in 2016, his real voice was used in The Game Theorists version.
- Digressing and Sidequesting (December 26, 2011 – October 18, 2016) was a show hosted by Ronnie "Oni" Edwards which focuses on game design. It started on the YouTube channel DigressingNSQ and moved to The Game Theorists on August 30, 2012.
- Crossover (December 28, 2013 – September 9, 2014) was a show hosted by Drake McWhorter and Ken Landefeld which proved that two gaming characters or series exist within the same universe. In February 2016, the script for a relaunch was finalised. In August 2016, McWhorter tweeted that the first episode of the second season has already been done and they were waiting for the official approval. In June 2016, they announced that they hadn't received any response and that the project was in limbo. In August 2017, Landefeld tweeted that "MatPat didn't pick up the season 2 pilot of Crossover so [they] ended it there".
- Smash History (August 26, 2014 – July 23, 2016) was a show by Drake McWhorter that focused on the development and content of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. According to McWhorter, the show was cancelled because "it's not as high quality, the Smash hype is dead, and it's not an educational show." In early November 2016 all episodes were made private and McWhorter himself did not know the reason for this. Because of this, he started to upload the series on his channel Trailer Drake on November 9, 2016.
- A Brief History (February 4, 2013 – August 24, 2017 on The Game Theorists, still on FootofaFerret) is a show hosted by Ryder Burgin that covers the entire development of a game series in a very fast-spoken manner. It started on the YouTube channel FootofaFerret and partly moved to The Game Theorists on April 20, 2015. In the episode of August 24, 2017, Burgin announced that that episode would be the last episode on The Game Theorists and the series would fully move back to FootofaFerret.
- DeadLock (February 17, 2015 – ) is a show by Matthew Patrick that pits two video game concepts against each other to show their flaws and strengths. Each episode usually features Patrick and another member of The Game Theorists debating these concepts. Two special episodes feature Patrick debating against Nintendo of America's own Reggie Fils-Aimé. The first one was released on June 25, 2016 with them debating on the grounds of motion controls versus traditional controls in The Legend of Zelda series and the second one was released on January 28, 2017 with them debating if Nintendo should continue making consoles. As of January 28, 2018, there are eleven episodes of the show.
- Break Down (December 25, 2015 – August 1, 2017) was a show by Forrest Lee (tehFurst) which similarly to A Brief History talks about the development of a video game series. The final episode was uploaded on August 1, 2017. On October 6, 2017, all episodes of the show have been removed from The Game Theorists because of an agreement at the launch that the episodes are Lee's content and will, therefore, be put on his channel. As of December 1, 2018, one episode has been uploaded to Lee's channel.
- The SCIENCE! (January 29, 2016 – ) is a show by Austin Hourigan which picks video games apart with science and logic. It started on the YouTube channel ShoddyCast, the first video on The Game Theorists was uploaded on December 21, 2016.
The Game Theorists reached one million subscribers on December 17, 2013.
Matthew Patrick has since achieved the feat of reaching 11 million YouTube Subscribers in 2018.
In the GTLive episode of August 29, 2017, responding to allegations of The Game Theorists being watched mainly by younger viewers, The Game Theorists revealed their viewership at that time to mainly consist of people between the age of 18 and 34. According to the data, 78 percent of his viewers are male, while 22 percent are female.
The Film Theorists
On May 12, 2014, Patrick created a second channel called The Film Theorists where he debuted his second show, Film Theory. The first video was uploaded on June 2, 2015, focusing on the science of the TV series Doctor Who. Film Theory follows the same formula as Game Theory, but in relation to films and series as well as the film industry instead of gaming. Within a month following the first episode, The Film Theorists reached one million subscribers.
Like The Game Theorists, The Film Theorists is a host of spin-off shows.
- Did You Know Movies? (June 2, 2015 – ) is a spin-off of the popular video game-based blog Did You Know Gaming?.
- Frame by Frame (June 9, 2015 – July 25, 2017) by Kyle Adams of YouTube channel PwnageShow was a show analyzing film techniques. The most recent episode called “How Spielberg Makes the Cut!... A Guide to Scene Transitions” was uploaded on July 25, 2017. As of September 10, 2019, all episodes have been removed from the channel.
- Film Legends (February 18, 2017 – October 19, 2017) by the creators of the YouTube channel Wisecrack was a show hosted by Jacob Salamon evaluating a movie in different categories in order to rank it and thus finding the best movie of all time.
MatPat's Game Lab
On June 8, 2016, Patrick posted via his YouTube channel his new show, MatPat's Game Lab, on Google's paid subscription service, YouTube Red. The show mainly focuses on placing video game players in real life scenarios mimicking scenarios that occur in video games, such as bomb defusing, parkour, and military training.
Patrick started a Let's Play series called GTLive on August 26, 2015 where he streams mostly gameplay with his wife Stephanie on the GTLive channel he created on September 14, 2015. Streams are usually conducted at 4 pm PST. Regular guest appearances on the streams include Jason, the producer of GTLive, the co-producer Chris, who became part of the streams after standing in for Jason during his wedding, the Patricks' cat Skip, also known as “CatPat,” Peepachu, a cushion in the form of a yellow, rabbit-shaped Peep and a llama plushie, referred to as "Drama Llama". Repeated themes of this live stream include "Mario Maker Wednesday" (abbr. “MMW”), "Motion-Control Thursday" and "Scary Games Friday" (abbr. “TGISGF” for “Thank Goodness It's Scary Games Friday”), also occasionally known as "Spoopy Games Friday". A common feature is the 'clap-and-a-half' which Patrick reclaimed from his seventh grade Social Studies teacher. On one live stream, they used Verizon's in-game Minecraft smartphone for ordering pizza as well as taking "the worlds largest [in-game] selfie".
Starting on October 3, 2016, the Monday streams became part of YouTube Gaming Primetime and are therefore scheduled for 3 pm to 5 pm PST. It also includes a voting mechanism, which can be used by Patrick to conduct quick polls.
As of 2016, GTLive streams three days per week on average, garnering roughly 80,000 to 110,000 total viewers for each stream.
On April 3, 2017, Patrick announced that the show would go on a brief hiatus until April 25, 2017, due to VidCon Europe and scouting different filming locations. Due to VidCon Australia, the show was again paused on September 4, 2017 and returned on September 26, 2017.
Patrick is the Founder and President of Theorist Media, a digital media production and consulting company. He co-owns Theorist Media with his spouse, Stephanie.
Terrain of Magical Expertise
First, he gained the series more attention and exposure by uploading a re-mastered version of the first episode on the channel on October 1, 2013. On October 31, 2013, the second episode, Mansion Midnight, was uploaded. According to Chris Niosi, creator of the series, the episodes were uploaded to the channel and he was given a cut of the revenue each month because he wasn't able to earn money from Google AdSense on his YouTube channel. Within two months, the show was pulled from the channel and the episodes were removed. Niosi stated that the reason behind this was because it didn't perform as well as projected within the first two episodes. In February 2017, Patrick stated in a GTLive episode that "YouTube wouldn't let [the video] be monetized because [...] 'someone else owns this video'. [...] It also deviated far too much from what we did because it [...] had nothing to do with education and gaming."
Patrick, as well as many of the Game Theorists members, are contributing their likeness and voices as TOME caricatures of themselves in the RPG video game adaption in the works. Patrick's character, Mattheorist, displays Green Lantern-like qualities with the ability to manifest green energy projectiles and creatures. Their fate in the final project remains undetermined as it's subject to change due to legal issues.
Patrick has collaborated with numerous channels, featuring them as guests on his own shows, or being featured himself. He has done numerous voice-over work for video game-based blog Did You Know Gaming?, covering episodes on Portal, Super Mario, and Five Nights at Freddy's. He often shouts out the Wisecrack channel at the end of videos of Film Theory.
Patrick has been in several videos for music-based channel Random Encounters, portraying characters such as Phone Guy in FNAF: The Musical and Bendy in Bendy and the Ink Musical. He has also collaborated with Petcentric by Purina in the Pet-U-Cation videos. Early in his career, Patrick also appeared in one of Julian Smith's videos as a post office worker.
Numerous internet personalities have done voice-over work for Patrick's shows, such as Austin Hargrave (PeanutButterGamer) and Jonathan Jafari, as well as Arin Hanson (Egoraptor) and Dan Avidan (Ninja Sex Party) of the web series Game Grumps.
In 2017, Patrick and his wife Stephanie participated in Nintendo's Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational, an event held during E3 2017. He was paired with Allister Singh, the only pro Pokkén Tournament player in the event. His team eventually won the tournament. In the tournament, Patrick played as Empoleon, while his wife played as Scizor.
Patrick is married to Stephanie Patrick (née Cordato), whom he met while at Duke University. The two became close after creating a Legend of Zelda parody called The Epic of Stew. The couple married on May 19, 2012, in Stephanie's home state of North Carolina. The couple owns a cat named Skip, which used to appear in livestreams before the couple moved their streaming location to their office.
On March 12, 2018, Matthew and Stephanie announced that Stephanie was pregnant with a baby boy, due on July 4, 2018. On July 10, 2018, MatPat announced on Twitter that their son had been born the previous day. Three days later, on July 13, the baby's name was revealed via Instagram to be Oliver Julian Patrick, with his parents quickly nicknaming him "Ollie".
On July 25, 2018, Patrick uploaded a video to The Game Theorists informing his subscribers of the suicide of his long-time colleague and friend, Ronnie "Oni" Edwards, giving an impassioned speech about his loss and the support that the Theorist community holds for him and each other.
Awards and nominations
|2015||Streamy Awards||The Game Theorists||Gaming||Nominated|
|The Game Theorists, Ronnie Edwards, Forrest Lee Black, and Ryder Burgin||Editing||Nominated|
|2016||Shorty Awards||The Game Theorists||Tech and Innovation: Gaming||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||The Game Theorists||Show of the Year||Nominated|
|MatPat's Game Lab||Non-Fiction||Nominated|
|Virtual Reality and 360||Won|
|2017||Shorty Awards||MatPat||Tech and Innovation: Gaming||Nominated|
|Streamy Awards||The Game Theorists (Edward Newton, Thomas Torbergsen, Alex Sedgewick, Ronnie Edwards, Daniel Seibert, Lee Black, and Ryder Burgin)||Editing||Won|
|The Global Gamer||Immersive||Nominated|
|2018||Streamy Awards||Game Theory||Subject: Pop Culture||Nominated|
|Game Theory (Lee Black, Ronnie Edwards, Alexander Sedgewick, Daniel Seibert, and Thomas Torbergsen)||Editing||Nominated|
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We finalized the script for the re-launch of Crossover. Here's a taste! :D
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The first episode of Crossover season 2 has been done for a while. We're just waiting to hear if it's official back.
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To be perfectly honest, Crossover's in limbo. We finished the first episode, sent it off, and never heard back. :-(
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Smash History doesn't belong on Game Theory. It's not as high quality, the Smash hype is dead, and it's not an educational show.
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It's not self deprecation. It's literally why the show was canceled. I am explaining the situation.
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Yes, this is a reupload. I am putting the old Smash Histories onto my channel while we figure out why they were taken off of the Game Theorists.
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All good things must come to an end and this is the final episode of Break Down that will be going up here on The Theorists. it has been a wild ride and I wouldn't change any of it for the world. [...] I'm still a very proud member of the team here at The Game Theorists [...].
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Hey, so my content on Arcadea and The Game Theorists went offline today on both channels. I'll be reuploading on my personal channel soon.
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Its what we agreed to when we first launched Breakdown. Its my content, so I should put it up on my channels!
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[...] today we premiere a web series that deserves much more attention than it has received up until now: TOME.
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TOME Episode 02: Mansion Midnight is now live on the Game Theorist YouTube channel!
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I haven't been able to get google adsense to work on my YouTube channel for well over a year. The "experiment" was MatPat would be uploading TOME episodes and shorts to their channel as a new show (since they have 3 shows on the GT channel) and giving me a cut of the revenue each month. However, the show didn't perform as well as we were hoping within the first two episodes, so it was ultimately decided to pull it from their channel.
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MatPat and the Game Theorist crew reached out to me, as fans of the show, and wanted to give it more exposure. So, they've graciously invited me to be part of their channel and help TOME reach a bigger audience than before.
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