He marked his move over to YouTube with a daft skit posted to Twitter, which has him getting out of a Twitch-tinged purple car before it explodes moments later (thanks, Eurogamer). He then gets into a red one, making a cheeky comment about music copyright before announcing he’ll begin streaming exclusively on YouTube gaming from today, November 30.
Since joining Twitch in 2018, the streamer has seen a steady surge in popularity. He rose to prominence in March of this year, when he managed to stream for 31 days in a row—barring a brief hiatus when he went on vacation and was replaced by friends. He ate, slept, and even washed in front of tens of thousands of people. It paid off, with Ludwig surpassing Ninja’s all-time subscriber figure of 269,154 at the end of the “subathon.”
Twitch responded to the skit, saying “you’re a mogul in every sense, Ludwig. Best of luck and keep doing big things out there.” YouTube Gaming boss Ryan Wyatt also tweeted about the deal, welcoming Ludwig “to the family.” He leaves behind 3.1 million followers on Twitch, though it likely won’t take long for him to catch up as he’s already sat on 2.1 million YouTube subscribers.
Ludwig is just one of the major players to get snatched away from Twitch this year. Both DrLupo and TimTheTatMan jumped ship a few months prior, with the former telling The Washington Post that the deal YouTube offered him has made him “secure for life.”