MatPat Retires From YouTube: Most Viewed Videos Ever

MatPat retires from YouTube.
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MatPat shocked the world yesterday when he announced his impending retirement from YouTube.

Matthew "MatPat" Patrick, the mastermind behind the ultra-popular YouTube channel, The Game Theorists, is stepping back from the platform he and his wife, Stephanie, created over 13 years ago. Over the last decade, the channel blew up as gamers from all over the world joined MatPat and Stephanie as they broke down and theorized over video game lore. Since 2011, the channel garnered 18.5 million subscribers and over three billion views.

MatPat Retires From YouTube

MatPat announced his retirement from YouTube in his latest upload on The Game Theorists channel. The video, titled "Goodbye Internet," features the beloved content creator as he details the reasons for leaving YouTube.

"We knew that we couldn't do this forever," MatPat explains. "For as much as I love you and I love overthinking things and I love theorizing, I don't love late nights."

"I miss the days where I can just sit down on the couch with [Stephanie] and play video games and it's not for content," he furthers. "Or I am playing a game and I'm not thinking about what theories will come out of that."

Fortunately, just because MatPat is retiring from YouTube does not mean his channels are going down. Instead, he will be handing them off "to someone else" when the time comes. MatPat's last video will go live on Mar. 9, 2024.

MatPat Retires From YouTube: Most Viewed Videos Ever

Here's MatPat's most viewed videos over on YouTube in celebration of his retirement.

5. Game Theory: FNAF 2, Gaming's Scariest Story SOLVED!

  • Release Date: 9 years ago
  • Views: 26M

Episode Description: "THIS GAME IS SO COMPLICATED! You asked for it and so we dug deep into the convoluted lore of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria to answer ALL the questions the game leaves out there. Is it a prequel or sequel? What's the actual timeline? And who IS the Golden Freddy Killer? We're spending another Five Nights at Freddy's, so prepare to be scared."

4. Game Theory: FNAF, The FINAL Timeline (FNAF Ultimate Custom Night)

  • Release Date: 5 years ago
  • Views: 30M

Episode Description: "We've come a long way Theorists. Today, I am DETERMINED to put together the complete and FINAL timeline for Five Nights at Freddy's. From beginning to end, first bight to burning everything to dust - this is IT! Join me Theorists, as we finish FNAF once and for all!"

3. Game Theory: FNAF, The Clue that SOLVES Five Nights at Freddy's!

  • Release Date: 8 years ago
  • Views: 32M

Episode Description: "With the FNAF Halloween update finished and Scott moving on to the Five Nights at Freddy's novel and the upcoming FNAF World, it's time we look back and finally put to rest the original FNAF tetrology. We have all the pieces...but what are we missing? Scott Cawthon have us theorists some clues to go off of during our Five Nights at Freddy's livestream, which led to new revelations and me to discover the clue that breaks the entire FNAF series wide open! Prepare to have your mind blown!"

2. Game Theory: Five Nights at Freddy's SCARIEST Monster is You!

  • Release Date: 9 years ago
  • Views: 32M

Episode Description: "Another SCARY THEORY for Halloween! This time, by your popular request, FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S. 2014's hottest survival horror game seems simple at first. But once you start looking past the murderous animatronics, the true story behind Five Nights at Freddy's may be more sinister than you ever expected!"

1. Can Gamers SURVIVE the Real Mirror's Edge? - Game Lab

  • Release Date: 7 years ago
  • Views: 98M

Episode Description: "For this episode, I asked a professional parkour trainer to show me and some friends from Smosh Games and The Warp Zone how to execute some of the incredible moves from Mirror's Edge. While our trainer is literally defying the laws of physics and the rest of us are literally falling all over the place in the training room AND on the real streets of Los Angeles, YOU'LL be learning about the mechanics of real-world parkour and how Mirror's Edge stacks up IRL."