Twitch star Ludwig Ahgren is now the most subscribed user on Twitch following a month-long subathon that started on March 14, 2021.
A subathon is a type of stream where as long as viewers keep subscribing, the show keeps going. During Ahgren’s stream, an on-screen timer counted down the time left until it was over; every subscription gained added an additional 10 seconds to the timer. He stated he initially planned for the stream to last about 24 hours. However, a constant flow of subscriptions kept the stream alive for a whole month.
Ahgren surpassed the record for most paid subscribers on April 13, 2021, around 4:30 p.m. EST and took to Twitter to celebrate.
I WAS HERE pic.twitter.com/bWILDI3Hui
— ludwig (@LudwigAhgren) April 13, 2021
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who previously set the record with 269,154 subscribers in April 2018, congratulated the new record-holder on his feat.
Records are meant to be broken, I would be lying if I said wasn’t a little sad but congrats @LudwigAhgren on holding the new sub record on twitch 🤩
— Ninja (@Ninja) April 13, 2021
According to the website TwitchTracker, he currently has over 280,000 subscribers. He is also only the second Twitch streamer to reach 200,000 subscribers and the fourth overall to pass the 100,000 subscriber mark.
The superstar raked in a pretty penny during the stream, a portion of which will go to charity. Towards the end of the show, he estimated a total of $350,000 would be donated to causes such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Humane Society.
During the time, it had plenty of irregular highlights. Tens-of-thousands of viewers watched him exercise, cook meals, shower, and even sleep, which he did in a red racecar bed — a prop from 2019’s critically acclaimed Uncut Gems that Aghren won at an auction.
… it’s an investment https://t.co/esegnGu5gZ
— ludwig (@LudwigAhgren) April 23, 2020
While he slept, moderators from his community entertained the chat. The crew often watched and reacted to a variety of YouTube videos submitted by the audience that ranged from lessons in world history to marathons of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episodes.
Ahgren’s subathon ended on April 13. In the final stretch of the stream, he stated, “[the subathon is] a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and I really mean those words […because] I will not do another subathon.” The streamer was teary-eyed as he delivered a final message to his chat, thanking them for their collective effort before signing off with a salute as the timer ticked down to zero.
Aghren’s channel is finally offline for the first time in a month while he gets a break from streaming after his historic, record-breaking feat.