Matthew Robert Patrick[3][4] (born November 15, 1986), also known by his screen name MatPat, is an American internet personality, the creator and narrator of the YouTube webseries The Game Theorists, where he comments on topics such as the logic, scientific accuracy, and lore of various video games and the gaming industry. His spinoffs The Film Theorists and The Food Theorists center on similar subjects in cinema/internet filmography and food respectively.

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Patrick on NickRewind's Fact or Nicktion in 2020
Matthew Robert Patrick

(1986-11-15) November 15, 1986 (age 33)
EducationMedina High School
Alma materDuke University
OccupationInternet celebrity and digital analytics strategist and consultant
Years active2009–present
Stephanie Cordato
m. 2012)
YouTube information
Years active2009–present
Subscribers25.09 million (combined)
NetworkLong Haul Management Clients & Partners[1]/ Studio 71[2]
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers 2013 (The Game Theorists)
2015 (The Film Theorists)
2015 (GTLive)
2020 (The Food Theorists)
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers 2013 (The Game Theorists)
2015 (The Film Theorists)
2017 (GTLive)
2020 (The Food Theorists)
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg10,000,000 subscribers 2018 (The Game Theorists)
Updated July 30, 2020

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. He made an appearance on Season 4, first for the opening of the first episode and then as an assistant in episode 6. As of February 2020, he has amassed over 22 million subscribers and over 3.9 billion views total across his three channels. Between July 1, 2016, and July 31, 2016, he starred in the game show The Runner.

Early lifeEdit

Matthew Robert Patrick was born on November 15, 1986, in Medina County, Ohio to Robert and Linda Patrick. Growing up, Patrick took an interest in fine arts, especially musical theatre. He graduated from Medina High School and attended Duke University.[citation needed]

Immediately after graduating from Duke with a double major in psychology and theater,[5] Patrick moved to New York City to pursue an acting career, but 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-traveling mechanic in the SNES game Chrono Trigger.[citation needed]


The Game TheoristsEdit

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.[citation needed]

On April 18, 2011, he uploaded the first episode of Game Theory, discussing 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.[citation needed] 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.[6][7] Early on in the show's history, MatPat was interviewed by Ronnie "Oni" Edwards, host of the Internet show Random Internet Encounters. After this meeting, Ronnie accepted MatPat's offer to be Game Theory's main editor, as well as hosting the show "Digressing & Sidequesting", which focused on game design. 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?[8] He occasionally uploaded videos commenting on the gaming market, as well as on other matters that he deemed noteworthy.[9] He gained subscribers and his videos were being posted on the front pages of sites such as ScrewAttack and GameTrailers.[citation needed]

During 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.[citation needed] The Game Theorists reached one million subscribers on December 17, 2013, and 11 million in 2018.[citation needed]

The Film TheoristsEdit

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 prophecy of the chosen ones in the Harry Potter film series.[10] Film Theory follows the same formula as Game Theory, but focuses on films and series as well as the film industry instead of gaming. Within a month of the first episode, The Film Theorists reached one million subscribers.[11]

MatPat's Game LabEdit

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.[12][13][14]


Patrick with his wife Stephanie in 2018

Patrick started a Let's Play series called GTLive on August 26, 2015, [15] 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".[16]

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.[17]

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.[18] Due to VidCon Australia, the show was again paused on September 4, 2017[19] and returned on September 26, 2017.[20]

Terrain of Magical ExpertiseEdit

Patrick was involved in the web series TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise. 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, and then providing a platform for the series.[21][22] Patrick, as well as many of the Game Theorists members, also provided their likeness as opponents 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.[23]

Fact or NicktionEdit

In 2019, Patrick partnered with Nickelodeon to make the show Fact or Nicktion.[24] In this show Patrick examined various phenomena Nickelodeon shows, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Rugrats to determine whether they could or couldn't happen in real life. The show originally aired on the Nickelodeon Facebook account, but some episodes were later uploaded on the channel NickRewind.[25]

The Food TheoristsEdit

On May 29th, 2020, the YouTube channel "The Food Theorists" was created. The show began uploading videos on July 23rd 2020. The show mostly focuses on common misconceptions or rumors in the food industry and currently has 6 episodes, excluding the trailer of the channel.[26]

Other venturesEdit

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.[27]

Patrick voiced Computron in the animated series Transformers: Titans Return.[28] A character based on Patrick was included in The Walking Dead: Road to Survival.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

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. They were married on May 19, 2012.[30] They had a child, Oliver, in 2018, and currently reside in Los Angeles, California.[31]

Awards and nominationsEdit

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 Shorty Awards The Game Theorists Tech and Innovation: Gaming Nominated
Streamy Awards The Game Theorists Show of the Year Nominated
Gaming Won
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
2019 Streamy Awards The Game Theorists Gaming Won

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Roster". Long Haul Management Clients & Partners. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  2. ^ The Game Theorists, Socialblade. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Just got ordained to officiate Jason's wedding. But I can do house blessings and funerals too! I'M A ONE-STOP SHOP! #PastorPat". Twitter. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  4. ^ The Game Theorists (June 20, 2017), GTLive: SHE LOVES ME NOT?! | Emily is Away Too (Part 4), retrieved June 23, 2017, If you spell your name Matt, it's M-A-T-T, not M-A-T. Not like 'doormat'.
  5. ^ "YouTube Millionaires: The Game Theorists Think Hard About Video Games". Tubefilter. February 27, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Five Nights At Freddy's' Theorist MatPat Claims To Solve Scott Cawthon's Lore, Video Incoming". Design & Trend. November 18, 2015. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "'Five Nights At Freddy's 4' Story Theories: Why Scott's Child Character Is Truly Golden Freddy". Design & Trend. September 5, 2015. Archived from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
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  9. ^ "Game Theory: YouTube Is Broken, Even For PewDiePie - New Media Rockstars". New Media Rockstars. December 23, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Film Theory: Harry Potter ISN'T The Chosen One? on YouTube
  11. ^ "MatPat Theorizes How He Hit 1MM Subscribers In A Month On His Film Theorists Channel [INTERVIEW] - New Media Rockstars". New Media Rockstars. July 9, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "YouTube Teases 'Red' Series From CollegeHumor, The Game Theorists, Joey Graceffa In Latest Trailer". Tubefilter. May 5, 2016. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "YouTube Red gives Game Theorists star MatPat a science-meets-video games show". VentureBeat. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  14. ^ The Game Theorists (May 6, 2016), NEW SHOW! Get Ready for Game Lab!, retrieved May 11, 2016
  15. ^ GT Live: FNAF Chat with MatPat! on YouTube
  16. ^ "Take Selfies and Order Pizza in Minecraft With Verizon's In-Game Smartphone - Interactive (video) - Creativity Online".
  17. ^ "YouTube launches Primetime Gaming Lineup with Interactive Technology from Megaphone TV". YouTube. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  18. ^ The Game Theorists (April 3, 2017). "GTLive: THE FINAL EPISODE - Reacting to My Old Videos!". Retrieved July 26, 2018 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ The Game Theorists (September 4, 2017). "GTLive: CHLOE, GET GOOD! - Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Part 2)". YouTube. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  20. ^ The Game Theorists (September 26, 2017). "GTLive: WE'RE BACK, BUT CONFLICTED! - Would You Rather". YouTube. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  21. ^ "YouTube Updates 'n Vlogs + New TOME stuff COMING SOON!". Newgrounds. Kirbopher. December 6, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 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.
  22. ^ "TOME now on Game Theorist YT & Progress Report". Newgrounds. Kirbopher. October 9, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 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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  27. ^ Myers, Maddy (June 14, 2017). "The Sole Pokken Pro Won The E3 Pokken Tournament Invitational, Unsurprisingly". Compete. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  28. ^ "'Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy' Adds Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime in "Titans Return"". July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  29. ^ MatPat (April 5, 2017). "Film Theory: King Kong's Secret Past - SOLVED! (Kong Skull Island)". YouTube. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  30. ^ "Matthew Patrick on Instagram: "Six years ago, I married my best friend thinking it was impossible to love her any more than I did on that day. Six years later, I love her, admire her, and appreciate her in more ways than I could ever have imagined. Happy anniversary, Steph! I've loved every moment of our journey together and can't wait to start on our next chapter. You'll always be my Royal Wedding required. #anniversary #royalwedding"". Instagram. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  31. ^ "Matthew Patrick on Instagram: "It's my greatest honor to introduce you to Oliver Julian Patrick...He likes to be called Ollie. He also likes to fart...a lot. #babyboy…"". Instagram. Retrieved July 26, 2018.

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