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|Born|| Matthew Robert Patrick|
November 15, 1986 (age 32)
|Occupation|| Internet personality|
Co-founder of Theorist, Inc.
|Years active||2009 - present|
|Channel|| The Game Theorists (MatthewPatrick13)|
The Film Theorists
|Matthew Patrick (@MatPatGT)|
| MatPat (@GameTheorists) (official)
Matthew Patrick (personal)
|Other||Matthew Patrick (LinkedIn)|
Matthew Robert "Matt" Patrick, also known by his nickname MatPat, is an American YouTube educator, live streamer, and media researcher and theorist who has co-created multiple YouTube channels with his wife Stephanie Cordato. MatPat's first and most popular channel is The Game Theorists, a hub in which he and several other content creators upload edutaining videos about gaming. MatPat himself hosts Game Theory, the channel's main show, in which he posts theories backed by research about aspects of games, including their lore and scientific, mathematical and historical aspects. The Film Theorists, his spin-off second channel, is where he hosts Film Theory, a Game Theory spin-off focusing instead on cinema and television. GTLive, his third channel, is where he and Stephanie archive livestreams, which go live at 4:00 pm PST every weekday.
MatPat was born in Medina, Ohio as an only child and grew to love two arts: video games and theater. He graduated valedictorian in high school and went to Duke University, where he met Stephanie in a game programming class. MatPat had some decent success as a stage actor but quit as he and Stephanie were financially struggling and had no luck getting a new job. During this time, MatPat watched an episode of Extra Credits about tangential learning, which inspired him to start Game Theory originally as a means of adding something new to his resume. Game Theory slowly started building a fanbase after getting featured on several websites, such as Reviewtopia and ScrewAttack! and started incorporating elements from MatPat's directing experience and fan submissions (such as a logo and SpellingPhailer's intro music). Its success helped MatPat with his career and opening new job prospects.
As of November 2017, The Game Theorists has acquired over 9 million subscribers and has exceeded 1.3 billion views. The Film Theorists has gained over 5.3 million subscribers and more than 500 million views, and GTLive has accumulated over 1.3 million subscribers and more than 100 million views, making him have a combined total of 15.6 million subscribers and nearly 2 billion views on YouTube. MatPat often collaborates with other YouTubers who use his channels as a platform for their videos. Such YouTubers include Gaijin Goombah, Ronnie Edwards, Trailer Drake, FootofaFerret, and many others whose series have become staples of MatPat's channels.
In the summer of 2016, MatPat hosted a show, The Runner, on go90. MatPat also hosts a YouTube Red show on the GT channel called MatPat's GAME LAB, in which he and a few guests (including guest YouTubers and other Theorists) are trained by professionals to simulate events in popular games. So far, only one season has aired.
MatPat graduated from college on December 28, 2009, and afterward moved to New York where he auditioned for numerous theatrical roles such as The Blood Brothers and Bram Stoker's Dracula for approximately two years. MatPat created a YouTube account under the name MatthewPatrick13, where he occasionally uploaded his performances on stage and singing auditions. During this time, he married his college girlfriend Stephanie Cordato on May 19, 2012, who had worked with him on a Legend of Zelda parody, The Epic of Stew. He eventually quit his job as a stage director and in the acting business in general after hardly getting any roles, and a deciding factor was seeing a horrible Spider-Man musical, which finalized his decision to pursue another career. Another factor was lack of food, which resulted from the constant work and low income that his career provided.
For the next two years, MatPat sent out requests for different jobs such as a television producer, programmer, and a movie director, only to receive no responses. Matthew decided to create his own web series that used science, history, and philosophy to discuss popular video games. He decided to call the web series Game Theory and eventually changed his channel name to The Game Theorists.
The Game Theory promotional trailer was uploaded on April 11, 2011, and uploaded the first episode of the series: "Is Chrono Trigger's Time Travel Accurate?", four days later. The video explained how the time travel in Chrono Trigger worked. The video currently has almost two million views. In the seventh episode, he was interviewed by internet show host Ronnie Edwards, on the fourth episode of Ronnie's podcast series Random Internet Encounters. He gained an interest in Ronnie's talent and offered to promote his internet show, Digressing and Sidequesting, by allowing Ronnie to move the series to MatPat's channel, which Ronnie accepted. Many videos later, a fellow Ohioan hired him as a YouTube audience development consultant to build fanbases for new Youtubers. MatPat met hundreds of theorists at the SGC Theorists convention and offered to promote their channels. This, along with a steady flow of new content being produced, kept the channel growing at a brisk rate.
As his videos gained popularity, many started their own theory channels, including LockStin. On July 2, 2012, The Game Theorists uploaded a video titled "Game Exchange: New Partner Show Coming This Thursday". This video announced the fact that Patrick would be having another theory series on his channel called Game Exchange. Instead of telling only secrets about video games like Game Theory, Game Exchange explains the many secrets in video games relating to culture. The second video of the new series, by the name "Game Exchange: Japanese Culture in Kirby, Mario, and Zelda", was uploaded on July 5, 2012, three days after the first one.
On August 30, 2012, another YouTuber from the convention by the username DigressingNSQ, whose real name is Ronnie "Oni" Edwards, uploaded a video on MatPat's channel called "Hit Points and Health Bars, Digressing and Sidequesting". The video received enough views to become another series on the channel, and thus, MatPat made a deal with DigressingNSQ to give him access to the channel and together they made a new series known as Digressing and Sidequesting. This series included the infrastructure of creating a game and how they would function. This series, however, was inactive for more than a year due to not enough views, but it returned in December 2014. On Dec 28, 2013, creators "Trailer" Drake McWhorter and Kenny Landefeld, launched a new show on The Game Theorists known as Crossover. Focusing on "the six degrees of separation", Crossover aimed to bridge the gaps of the gaming multiverse but moved on to focus on video game timelines. Later, on Aug 26, 2014, Crossover creator "Trailer" Drake launched a new series called Smash History. This series discusses the Super Smash Bros. franchise and where its features originate from previous Nintendo games.
On May 12, 2014, MatPat created a new channel "filmtheorists" (later changed to The Film Theorists), This series was similar to Game Theory, except it conducted analysis and theory videos on movies and television shows rather than on video games. Twelve episodes of this new series were already uploaded on the new channel by the time the announcement was made.
On August 20, 2015, he uploaded the episode "The Assassin's Creed Shared Universe Conspiracy". At the end, he announced that he would begin live streaming for the first time ever on the channel on August 26 at 7 PM P.S.T. On September 14, he created the channel GTLive and has continued to post live streams on that channel since October 9.
However, on May 6, 2016, Mat Pat made his biggest announcement yet. He announced an internet show on YouTube Red known as "Game Lab", in which over 50 people are gathered to show what video games would exactly be like in real life. The show is featured on YouTube Red and has been a huge success.
On March 12, 2018, he uploaded a video titled "The Most IMPORTANT Video I've Ever Made (NOT CLICKBAIT) where he announced that they were pregnant with their first child. They later revealed on Instagram that their child is a boy, and the due date was July 4, 2018, but their son was born a few days later. Oliver Julian Patrick was on July 9, 2018.
MatPat's videos study video games and develop theories about them. Unlike most other channels that work for ScrewAttack, his channel analyzes video games rather than playing and commenting on them. His theories often touch on academic subjects from science to history to philosophy, combining them with the video game's lore to provide an educational experience for viewers.
The videos in Game Theory consist of him speaking over pictures and other video clips. Besides using factual evidence and research, MatPat also puts a lot of humor into his videos, usually exaggerating his humor far more than he would in real life. In some videos, he explains theories on the gaming community - meta-theories - rather than within a game's specific universe.
MatPat has created many milestone specials to thank his viewers for their support whenever he received a certain amount of subscribers. On March 28, 2013, when his channel reached 100,000 subs, he received the opportunity to meet his fans in person at the SGC gaming convention in Dallas Texas. When the channel reached 500,000 subscribers on September 23, 2013, he uploaded a Draw My Life video to celebrate.
Million Subs Milestone
As of that video, the sentence Help us reach 1 million subs!, along with a subscription link to his channel, was put in the description of every Game Theory episode until the milestone was reached on December 18, 2013, for which the special was uploaded on the New Year's Eve of that year. The special, Why You Play Video Games (1 Million Subscriber Special), was a theory on why people, in general, play video games. On April 27, 2014, the channel had reached 2,000,000 subscribers, but the special wasn't uploaded until July 21, 2014, almost 2 months later. The 3 million subsriber milstone video was uploaded on the 28th of December 2014 called Game Theory: EXPOSED!
On April 18th 2018 they livestreamed the moment they hit 10 million. The episode was uploaded on the GTLive channel on the 23rd of that month.
Film Theorist Launch
On August 20, 2015, when the channel was reaching 5 million subscribers, MatPat uploaded Game Theory: The Assassin's Creed Shared Conspiracy. At the end of the video, he announced that he would begin live-streaming every weekday starting on August 26. In preparation, he created a new channel titled GTLive on September 14. On October 9, 2015, he began posting the streams on that channel rather than on his main one. The channel currently has over a million subscribers.
- Main article: MatPat/Trivia
Nicknames and aliases
- Main article: MatPat/Aliases