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Ludwig Ahgren Signs Exclusive Streaming Deal With YouTube
Another of Twitch’s premier content creators announces a move to YouTube streaming.
Twitch streamer Ludwig Ahgren revealed today that he would leave the Amazon-owned platform to sign with YouTube. The 26-year-old rose to prominence in April 2021, when he eclipsed Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ peak subscriber count with more than 280K during his infamous “subathon” event.
Since then, Ahgren has become one of Twitch’s most popular content creators, regularly averaging more than 15K viewers per stream while maintaining well over 20K subscribers. The variety streamer solidified his fan base on Twitch but has chosen to join the likes of Jack “CouRageJD” Dunlop, Tim “timthetatman” Betar and Ben “DrLupo” Lupo on YouTube Gaming’s growing platform.
Ludwig YouTube Gaming Announcement
— ludwig (@LudwigAhgren) November 29, 2021
Ahgren posted a tweet this evening depicting himself and a friend driving a purple car — an apparent reference to Twitch. The two men exit the vehicle and barely react as it explodes before climbing into a red car to drive away. As if the cryptic trailer wasn’t clear enough, text flashed across the screen, indicating that Ahgren would start the next chapter of his streaming career on November 30–exclusively on YouTube Gaming.
The video featured a few digs at Twitch, mainly the platform’s recent handling of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) strikes pertaining to copyrighted music. The question on the minds of most people was, why did Ludwig decide to sign with YouTube? Onlookers did not have to wait long for an answer.
Why Did Ludwig Leave Twitch?
Shortly after the announcement, a YouTuber known as Stanz posted an exclusive interview with Ahgren. The former Twitch streamer explained that he never felt “wanted” by those running the show. He requested that Twitch put a cap on gifted subscriptions, and Twitch “basically said no,” according to Ahgren.
YouTube demonstrated open-mindedness at the negotiating table, which played heavily into the streamer’s ultimate decision. Ahgren said he was “leaning toward signing with Twitch,” but the decision came down to a coin flip. While the coin landed in favor of Twitch, Ludwig liked the YouTube team so much that he wanted to jump on one more call.
At that time, YouTube wanted him so bad that they offered him a better deal and more free time to work on projects. It seems Ahgren got what he wanted in the end. He leaves Twitch as the most subscribed to channel and hopes to replicate that success on YouTube starting November 30.
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