Ludwig breaks Ninja's subscription record after over 30 days of streaming
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After a 30-day subathon, Ludwig “Ludwig” Ahgren has surpassed Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins‘ subscription record of 269,154 to become the most subscribed to channel on the platform. Ludwig’s subscription count is now over 271,000 at the time of writing. The content creator started his marathon stream March 14 and has been broadcasting, almost continuously, since. The record, set in April of 2018, is still out of reach for most. The next closest streamer is RANBOOLIVE at over 114,000 subscriptions according to TwitchTracker.

The subathon began with a timer that set how long the stream would run. Each new subscription or 500 bits given to the channel would add 20 seconds to the stream. Ludwig eventually cut the time added to 10 seconds. Ludwig said the stream did have a limit, 31 days, as he had plans for a trip to see his girlfriend’s parents. The stream is set to end  April 13 at midnight ET.

What Ludwig did to break Ninja’s subscription record

The continues stream was a community effort as Ludwig and his Discord moderators entertained his constantly watching audience. The California resident, with his girlfriend and five roommates, would cook, clean and workout to an average viewership of 43,000. He would also play video games and recorded himself sleeping while his moderators entertained the audience. They set up party games and videos while encouraging viewers to subscribe.

The timer started high over the first few days, reaching over 24 hours. It eventually went under 30 minutes, but constant subscriptions from viewers kept things going once the timer dipped into single digits. April 10 almost saw the end of the broadcast, as the streamers stepped away for a moment. The timer went below one minute before Twitch user Demon Dog saved the stream by gifting 10 subscriptions to the channel, increasing the timer to just under two minutes.

Ludwig’s efforts have even been documented in mainstream outlets as the stream became more historic. The Arizona State University graduate has gained a massive following in the past month as well as a big payout. He’s set to receive seven figures from subscribers that will be split between charities, his moderators, Twitch and California state taxes.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.