Ludwig explains why YouTube is better for streamers than Twitch
Dec 12, 2021
Popular content creator Ludwig “Ludwig” Ahgren gave fans an update on his move from Twitch to YouTube, explaining the pros and cons of his new home for streaming.
“YouTube first week has been kind of crazy,” Ludwig gushed.
The variety streamer revealed that all of his streams on YouTube have reached over 30,000 viewers and averaged 25,000. Ludwig said that it has also been the biggest week for subscriber gain he has ever had, most likely due to the newness of his switch to YouTube.
Even better, having that many viewers on his stream helps in terms of YouTube’s algorithm. This means his videos are put on more people’s home pages and other areas of YouTube. While the sudden suspension for using “Baby Shark” during one of his streams was unexpected, Ludwig said the experience has been positive overall.
Ludwig explains difference between YouTube and Twitch chat
Ludwig’s subathon on Twitch was a huge success but his viewership went down after, averaging around 18,000 to 20,000 viewers. But on YouTube he’s had 25,000 average. He also likes YouTube’s system that “leads viewers to a new video” once the stream ends.
But there is one thing that Twitch has over YouTube: A better chat.
According to Ludwig, Twitch has “bad coding in the backend” that makes the chat lag. But this lag makes it easier for Ludwig and his viewers to keep up with the chat and read all of the comments. YouTube’s coding is done so well that the chat is actually too fast.
“This constant flood makes it hard to read a single message,” Ludwig admitted.
The fast chat on YouTube has been something that’s hard for him to adjust to and he doubts YouTube will “design their code worse” to improve the experience. Still, YouTube queen Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter has recently explained how open to discussion YouTube is with its streamers, meaning the company could be willing to discuss another chat solution with Ludwig.
Either way, Ludwig stated that he’s happy on YouTube, although he feels more pressure to create unique content. He even admitted that he has been contemplating having a “gimmick” on his channel.
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