Twitch streamer Ludwig Ahgren finally ended his historic subathon on Tuesday evening, after streaming for 31 days straight, or 716 hours total.
The streamer signed off with: "Don't get it fucked up, I am not your friend, no parasocial relationships. There are 200,000 people in my stream right now. But somehow, you guys as a collective, make me really happy. Thank you," as he teared up.
Ludwig started streaming around 2 p.m. PT on Sunday, Mar. 14, and did not stop streaming even while eating and sleeping until Apr. 13th at 9 p.m. PT. Ludwig celebrated the last day of his stream by donating $5 per subscriber on Tuesday to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the Humane Society of America. Based on Ludwig's on-stream calculation, he will be giving around 350,000 dollars "give or take" to charity from the subathon.
"I tried to turn this into a selfless endeavor as much as I could, feeling the overwhelming guilt of the amount of money and people coming in," Ludwig said during the last few minutes of his stream. "I really don't care about the money, though people will call cap, to which I say 'fair enough.' I was in it for the record, because I was at one point a starry-eyed kid, looking at Drake/Ninja and being like 'god damn' I want to do this streaming shit."
The Ludwig 716+ hour stream marks one of the longest continuous streams in Twitch history, and by far the longest subathon ever. Ludwig's subathon retained audience interest the entire time as well, often boasting over 50,000 live viewers and averaging between 20,000 and 30,000 viewers, even when he was sleeping on camera. His most popular content in the month was Among us, while his least popular was Truck Simulator.
Driven by his audience's desire to extend the stream time, Ludwig reached over 282,000 subscribers over the course of the subathon, becoming the most subscribed-to streamer of all-time after surpassing Tyler "Ninja" Blevins on the final day of the stream. He also went from 1 million followers to 2.6 million followers and went from 35 million to 72 million channel visits during the subathon alone. He signed off to over 200,000 concurrent viewers watching the finale.
"I enjoyed the subathon," Ludwig said in the last 20 minutes of the stream. "It's a once in a lifetime experience for me, I will not do another subathon. . . it went little bit off the rails from the original intent, but certainly I am not mad about it. It was fun. I slept 8 hours every night, I ate 3 square meals a day, I have never been more consistent about working out. I enjoyed it."
For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a subathon is a stream that is extended on the basis of how many viewers subscribe during the stream. The concept is based off the telethon, a type of televised fundraising event where the length of the program is based on when people stop calling in with donations. So long as people kept subscribing to Ludwig, he kept streaming... for a month.
The rules of Ludwig's subathon were pretty simple:
- Every Tier 1 subscription added 10 seconds to the clock
- Every Tier 2 subscription added 20 seconds to the clock
- Every Tier 3 Subscription added 30 seconds to the clock
- 500 bits added 10 seconds to the clock
Each tier originally yielded double the time addition per subscription, but Ludwig lowered the number several days into the start of the stream. He also limited gift subs to 100 gift subscriptions and put a 31-day cap on the whole stream, which it turns out was a good call, since who knows how long the internet could have held him hostage without a cap.
During his historic broadcast, Ludwig played a wide variety of games ranging from chess, to VALORANT, to Nintendo titles. He also watched videos and television with his stream chat, ate all of his meals, slept on camera, and participated in various social events and podcasts throughout the subathon.
Now that his all-consuming stream is finally over, Ludwig can relax and get some off-camera rest for the first time in a month.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.