Last updated on 18 August 2017

Matthew Robert "Matt" Patrick,[3][4] also known by screen name MatPat, is an American internet personality, actor, writer, and producer. 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 Red series MatPat's Game Lab. As of June 2017, Patrick has amassed over 13 million subscribers and over 1.6 billion views total across his three channels.

Between July 1, 2016 and July 31, 2016, he starred in the game show The Runner. The show was produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and was available on Go90.[5]


Early life

Matthew Patrick was born on November 15, 1986 in Medina County, Ohio. Growing up, Patrick was very involved in the arts, especially musical theatre. He valued education and spent most of his school career studying or taking classes. His enthusiasm led him to skip his lunch periods to take classes and to spend his summer vacations taking courses at college campuses. He eventually became the valedictorian of his graduating class, and earned a perfect score on his SAT. His strong academic record earned him a full academic scholarship into Duke University.[6]

Immediately after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Duke University with a double major in neuroscience 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 lot of money. After two years of mostly 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 travel of the SNES game Chrono Trigger.

He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Stephanie Cordato.[7]


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.[8] 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.[9][10] Early on in the show's history, MatPat was interviewed by Ronnie 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?[11] He occasionally uploads videos commenting on the gaming market, as well as on other matters that he deems noteworthy.[12] He gained subscribers and his videos were being posted on the front pages of sites such as ScrewAttack and GameTrailers.[8] 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[13] 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 – ) is a show hosted by Ronnie 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.[14] 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.[15] In June 2016, they announced that they hadn't received any response and that the project was in limbo.[16]
  • 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."[17] In early November 2016 all episodes were made private and McWhorter himself did not know the reason for this.[18] Because of this, he started to upload the series on his channel Trailer Drake on November 9, 2016.
  • A Brief History (February 4, 2013 – ) 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 moved to The Game Theorists on April 20, 2015.
  • 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 July 29, 2017, there are nine episodes of the show.
  • Break Down (December 25, 2015 – ) is a show by Forrest Lee (tehFurst) which similarly to A Brief History talks about the development of a video game series.
  • 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.

On October 1, 2013, a re-mastered version of the first episode of the Newgrounds show TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise by Chris Niosi (Kirbopher) was uploaded to the channel to generate more attention for the series and give it more exposure.[19][20][21] On October 31, 2013, the second episode featuring JonTron was uploaded.[22][23] According to Niosi, 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.[24][25]

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 episode was uploaded on June 2, 2015, focusing on the science of the TV series Doctor Who.[26] 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.[27]

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 – ) by Kyle Adams of YouTube channel PwnageShow is a show analyzing film techniques.
  • Film Legends (February 18, 2017 – ) by the creators of the YouTube channel Wisecrack is 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.

Film Theory has covered episodes on franchises like Star Wars, Marvel Studios, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and even the 2016 United States presidential election.[28][29]

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.[30][31][32]


Patrick started a Let's Play series called GTLive on August 26, 2015[33] where he streams mostly gameplay with his wife Stephanie and then uploads it to the GTLive archive 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,” and Peepachu, a cushion in the form of a yellow, rabbit-shaped Peep. Repeated themes of this livestream 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".[34]

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.[35]

As of 2016, GTLive streams five 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.[36]

Theorist Media

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.


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. He also has collaborated with Petcentric by Purina in the Pet-U-Cation videos.

Patrick has also worked with plenty of clients, including Samsung, Warner Bros., Ubisoft, Defy Media, and YouTube.

Numerous internet personalities have done voice-over work for Patrick's numerous 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 the popular web series Death Battle by ScrewAttack, Patrick voiced Keith Kogane from the Voltron franchise in the "Power Rangers vs Voltron" episode.

Patrick will voice Computron in the Transformers: Titans Return animated series.[37]

Personal life

Patrick is married to Stephanie 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 North Carolina.[38] The couple owns a cat named Skip, who occasionally makes appearances in livestreams.

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated Work Award Result
2015 Streamy Awards The Game Theorists Gaming Nominated
The Game Theorists, Ronnie Edwards, Forrest Lee Black, and Ryder Burgin Editing Nominated
2016 Streamy Awards The Game Theorists Show of the Year Nominated
Gaming Won
MatPat’s Game Lab Non-Fiction Nominated
Virtual Reality and 360 Won
Shorty Awards The Game Theorists Tech and Innovation: Gaming Nominated
2017 Shorty Awards MatPat Tech and Innovation: Gaming Nominated

See also


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    "Tweet by Drake McWhorter". Twitter. 2016-07-23. Retrieved 2017-06-19. It's not self deprecation. It's literally why the show was canceled. I am explaining the situation.
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  25. ^ "TOME now on Game Theorist YT & Progress Report". Newgrounds. Kirbopher. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 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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