YouTube Gaming is aggressively luring Twitch creators to its platform and the latest defect is “Ludwig” Ahgren. Ludwig is perhaps best known for his marathon streaming session that allowed him to break the all-time Twitch subscriber record held by Ninja, eventually reaching 283,066 active all-time subscribers.
Ludwig posted the news in a fun video on Twitter showing him driving with his manager “Slime” in a purple car that eventually explodes after they get out. He then jumps into the red model, leading to the conclusion that he leaves the team purple for the team red. “It’s pretty much the same,” Slime says. “Yeah, it’s just a different color,” Ludwig replies. “We actually blew up the car and started it in one go,” Slime said tweeted separately.)
In response to Twitter, Twitch said, “You could in every sense, Ludwig. Good luck and keep doing great things there. However, the site has been bleeding talents from its rival lately. Ludwig’s departure came after recent moves on YouTube Gaming Benjamin Lupo (“DrLupo”) and TimTheTatMan (Tim Betar), along with previous defectors Lannan “LazarBeam” Eacott, Elliott “Muselk” Watkins and Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter. Jack “CouRage” Dunlop also jumped on the 2019 ship.
In a separate video explaining the move, Ludwig said he first talked to YouTube games as a “lever,” but planned to stay with Twitch “because I’m a Twitch guy”. However, he later realized that YouTube made more sense, in part because he wanted to produce content like Mogul Money on games reaction videos.
He also noted that if he had stayed with Twitch, “I would have had to work hours” and that I “loved Twitch, but it wasn’t necessarily a two-way street.” Finally, he said that although the change was not necessarily about money, “YouTube offered me more money. Right away.”
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