Ludwig becomes most-subbed Twitch streamer after 198-hour stream

By Olivia Richman


Mar 23, 2021

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After streaming for 198 hours straight, Ludwig Ahgren has become the most subbed Twitch streamer in the world. Ludwig has over 101,000 subscribers and counting. 

“This was my dream when I first started streaming three years ago,” Ludwig tweeted after achieving this incredible goal. He then thanked his fans. 

The 198-hour stream was a subathon Ludwig started last week. Every new subscriber increases the timer on his stream, meaning the stream may never end, at least in theory. As of this writing, Ludwig has about 53 hours remaining. Ludwig also has 40,000 viewers at the time of this article, watching Ludwig work out, hang out with friends, and consider getting a haircut. 

The subathon began with some set rules per subscription. Tier 1 subscriptions would add 20 seconds to the clock, Tier 2 would add 40 seconds, Tier 3 would add 100 seconds, and 500-bit donations would add 20 seconds to the clock. But as the stream continued to get longer and longer, Ludwig cut the times by half for each category. He has since added a 31-day cap to the stream just in case the subbing marathon continues. 

To reach the 31 days, Ludwig would need over 200,000 more Tier 1 subscribers. 

How many subscribers does Ludwig have? How much money does Ludwig make?

Ludwig now has the most subscribers on all of Twitch with over 101,000. At 101,000 Tier 1 subscribers, Ludwig would be making at least $499,000 per month before taxes and fees. But there’s a chance some of the subscriptions are of a higher tier. During the subathon, Ludwig’s roommate said that Ludwig wasn’t the kind of person to buy anything flashy, like a fancy new car. Some of the money earned will apparently be going to charity, but Ludwig isn’t sure what he will buy first with his newfound riches after the stream ends. 

Ludwig has climbed past some of the most popular streamers in the world. Felix “xQc” Lengyel, who has the most followers on Twitch, only has 40,000 subscribers. Imane “Pokimane” Anys has a little more than 7,800 subscribers. 

Ludwig has been streaming since March 17 and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon.