For 31 days, Ludwig Ahgren’s stream has been up and working all day day-after-day. He hasn’t been awake your entire time, however he and his moderators have ensured that it’s grown to be certainly one of Twitch’s most constant and comforting presences—albeit one that’s in all probability taking a not-insignificant psychological and bodily toll on everybody concerned. For the reason that starting, a timer has been counting right down to zero, however each time anyone kicks in a subscription, ten seconds get added to the clock. Now Ahgren has extra subscriptions than anyone else in Twitch historical past.
He formally broke the file at the moment on stream. Beforehand, Twitch turned Mixer turned Twitch once more megastar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins held the file with 269,154 subscriptions—a feat he completed on the peak of his relevance again in 2018. As of this publishing, Ahgren had over 271,000 subscriptions.
“There it’s! You had been right here,” Ahgren stated as his subscription counter handed Blevins’ file. “That is the brand new file on Twitch for many subscribers all time. Holy shit, that was insane.”
He proceeded to name a “buddy,” who turned out to be Blevins. Besides it wasn’t Blevins in any respect—as a substitute, it was a soundboard of voice clips, which Ahgren used to make it sound like Blevins reacted by being comically imply to him. It was bit.
On Twitter, the actual Blevins congratulated Ahgren.
“Information are supposed to be damaged,” Blevins wrote. “I’d be mendacity if I stated [I] wasn’t a little bit unhappy, however congrats [Ludwig] on holding the brand new sub file on Twitch.”
At present is the ultimate day of Ahgren’s subscription marathon. He determined to set a cutoff date as a result of in any other case it may need gone on indefinitely. Initially, he didn’t count on it to final wherever close to this lengthy, nor did he plan to move Peak Ninja within the marathon that’s life. That stated, Ahgren had plenty of components working in his favor. He started the subathon as an already rich Twitch star, with success begetting further success, a New York Occasions article, and all types of further protection and discourse.
At present specifically was a special occasion; on prime of the usual guidelines underpinning Ahgren’s subathon—which has turn out to be such a fixture that everybody on Twitch is aware of about it—he marketed the ultimate day as a charity subscription drive with the acknowledged objective of beating Blevins’ file. Till 9 PM PST, he’s donating $5 per subscription to The Humane Society and St Jude’s. This consequence, then, is way from sudden.
Nonetheless, it’s a heck of a file, particularly contemplating that nobody apart from Blevins has even come shut (the streamer in third place, RanbooLive, topped out at 114,387 in March). This from a person who almost misplaced a combat to a fridge only a couple weeks in the past. Really, a comeback story for the ages.