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Ludwig addresses “rigged” Streamer Awards talk after his win

By Olivia Richman


Mar 15, 2022

Reading time: 3 min

YouTuber Ludwig Ahgren took home Streamer of the Year at the first annual Streamer Awards over the weekend, but he didn’t seem too happy about it.

On March 12, Blaire “QTCinderella” hosted the Streamer Awards in Los Angeles, California. There were dozens of awards given ranging from Best ASMR Streamer to Best FPS Streamer. But the final and most coveted award was for Streamer of the Year.

The four streamers nominated for Streamer of the Year were Sykkuno, Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, Ludwig, and Felix “xQc” Lengyel. Most fans figured that xQc would win, as he has well over 10 million followers on Twitch and saw record viewership in 2021 thanks to his reality show streams. But to everyone’s surprise, including Ludwig’s, xQc didn’t win.

Ludwig reacts to winning Streamer of the Year at Streamer Awards 2022

Before the award show began, Ludwig predicted that he had a 2% chance of winning over xQc. But the streaming community was a bit shocked when Ludwig ended up winning the award.

“Wow, you guys would not believe who I had to sleep with to get this,” Ludwig joked, referencing that his girlfriend is QTCinderella, the creator of the Streamer Awards.

But after the show concluded, many actually did speculate that the voting was rigged. Some streamers stood up for Ludwig as the rumors continued to spread online. Ludwig finally decided to respond to the controversy himself in a YouTube video.

Ludwig started by complimenting QTCinderella and the award show, saying she “always puts on banger events.” Then Ludwig explained how the awards show worked, saying it was voted for by fans.

Ludwig said that he felt he didn’t really deserve the reward, not being able to “spend millions of dollars coming up with amazing ideas” like MrBeast and not streaming for 18 hours a day like xQc.

“I appreciate you guys for voting for me. That’s the only reason I won, because it’s fan-voted. I don’t think I would have won if there was a panel of people making the decision,” Ludwig said. “I feel good I’m able to win because more people who like me voted for me. That’s all it comes down to.”

Ludwig said that his subathon is probably what led to his success and that he doesn’t think he could pull of something like that again. But winning the Streaming Award trophy gave him some hope.

While Ludwig used the YouTube video to express his gratitude and shock, it was clear that he also wanted to point out that the winners weren’t chosen by an expert panel of streamers. It was all done by fans, and he emphasized that his winning wasn’t rigged despite his girlfriend putting on the show.

xQc himself had similar sentiments earlier in the week. He tweeted that it was just a “fun” show and that he wasn’t mad he lost. Many fans pointed out that xQc most likely wasn’t taking it too seriously since he didn’t urge fans to vote beforehand and never shared anything about the Streamer Awards ahead of the ceremony.