Ludwig Ahgren's non-stop 31-day livestream breaks Twitch subscription record

midian182

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What just happened? Even if you’ve never watched a Twitch stream in your life, the name Ludwig Ahgren might be familiar. After streaming non-stop for 31 days, including the time he spent sleeping, his “subathon” ended with Ahgren holding the most subs in Twitch history, beating a record previously held by Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.

Ahgren’s subathon had a simple premise: every time his channel received a new sub, 10 seconds would be added to the length of his livestream. He had expected the stream to last between 24 to 48 hours but ultimately had to limit it to 31 days or risk being trapped in an unending broadcast.

Ahgren had already gained 1,730 subs the day before his stream began on March 14. That reached 183,191 on April 4, and by the time it finished at 12 AM ET on April 14, he had more than 282,000 subs, ahead of Ninja’s record of 269,154, according to Twitch Tracker.

“Records are meant to be broken,” Ninja tweeted. “I would be lying if I said [I] wasn’t a little sad, but congrats [Ludwig] on holding the new sub record on Twitch.”

Plenty of Ahgren’s stream involved him sleeping—though viewers tried their best to wake him up. At one point while he slept, his was the most-watched channel on all of Twitch.

A recent report highlighting the trend of sleep streaming showed Ahgren gained around 1.5 million hours of views last month while asleep, spending over 80 hours unconscious on camera.

Ahgren was helped toward his record-breaking feat by a promise to donate $5 to The Humane Society and St Jude’s for every sub he received on the last day of the stream.

The streamer and his friends spent the last hours of the livestream smashing the sports car bed frame he’d been using into pieces with a baseball bat and sledgehammer.

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m4a4

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Ludwig isn't a bad streamer, but I wouldn't tune in to watch someone sleep. I guess people are too bored right now.
I wouldn't either (even for background noise), but I hear he had a "modcast" going to fill the time. His mod's got paid good money too just to entertain the viewers while he slept.
 

psycros

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Historians will look back on this time, give each other uncomfortable glances, and then just scroll right on past.
 

mbk34

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> Ninja tweeted. “I would be lying if I said wasn’t a little sad, but congrats [Ludwig] on holding the new sub record on Twitch.”

I felt sad that I spent the time to even skim this article.
 

franticfrosty

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So let me get this straight... he gets $846,000 from his sub revenue.. a month.. geeeeez and thats without his sponsorships, ads, donations. The guy probably making an easy $14-18mill a year
 

OortCloud

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With every passing day, every weirder politician and every more inane piece of internet w**kery I feel less and less at home on this planet!
 

Chemicalfacist

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It is amazing how "old" many Techspot users are or seem to be. How can you be a technophile when you are so out of touch with the latest technologies and fads. This kind of thing absolutely fascinates me.
 

Neatfeatguy

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It is amazing how "old" many Techspot users are or seem to be. How can you be a technophile when you are so out of touch with the latest technologies and fads. This kind of thing absolutely fascinates me.

Just because I don't enjoy it or understand why people do it, doesn't mean I'm out of touch. I know what kids are doing - I notice my kids always wanting to stream some crap on youtube. Heaven forbid they do these things on their own that they're watching....that would be work.

Why do something fun and requires a bit of work when someone else can video tape themselves doing it, right? Kids these days are getting lazier.

Something like this has to be one of the dumbest things I've read about....streaming a guy 24/7.....how can your life be so bad/boring that you have to watch someone else do menial things in their life for you to be entertained?

Pretty soon someone will eventually get the idea of The Truman Show to a broadcast company and they'll bite. We'll all soon be watching one individual be born on TV and grow up....we'll all be there for his (or her) first step, first word, first everything....it'll be magical!
 

Crinkles

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Something like this has to be one of the dumbest things I've read about....streaming a guy 24/7.....how can your life be so bad/boring that you have to watch someone else do menial things in their life for you to be entertained?
They used to cram as many people as possible in phone booths, cars, sometimes they'd even wave flags at protests.

I would hate to live in a world where I thought every new thing kids do is *dumb*. wtf