Of course, it should be obvious to everyone that I am talking about Ludwig.
What? You don’t know who Ludwig is?
That likely means you are over the age of 30.
I did not know who he was until earlier today when I read about how a hacker had broken into Twitch’s servers, and released data that revealed how much money some of the top streamers make on Twitch.
Don’t know what Twitch is? Again, you must be over 30. Here is how Wikipedia describes it:
Twitch is an American video live streaming service that focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of esports competitions. In addition, it offers music broadcasts, creative content, and more recently, “in real life” streams.
Since I am over the age of 30, I can’t claim to know exactly what Twitch does, even after reading that brief description. If someone asked me to define it, I would say Twitch allows people playing a video game to let others watch them play that video game. So in a nutshell, it is a platform to let you watch other people play video games.
Back to Ludwig.
He is very popular on Twitch, and apparently, that translates to money, and lots of it.
Here is some background on Ludwig from Wikipedia
He graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with a dual degree in English Literature & Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017. After graduating, Ahgren applied for jobs in New York and Los Angeles. He accepted a job offer in LA for a position as a web editor, and he packed up and moved all the way across the country in a rented Toyota Camry. He ended up getting fired from each of the five jobs he held in LA. After being fired the fifth and final time, he elected not to look for a new job and instead committed to streaming on Twitch full-time, something he had been doing part-time for some time but was not yet making a great amount doing.
He has 2 million followers on Twitch and as of July 2020 had at least 20,000 subscribers to his channel. Subscribers are people who pay a monthly fee to support the streamer. (from The Loadout)
So what does all this mean in terms of income for Ludwig?
Well, according to the hacked report, between August 2019 and October 2021 Ahgren has earned $3,290,777.55 directly through Twitch, ranking him 6th place in earnings for that period.
And that’s just one source of revenue.
Ludwig also has 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube, which can translate into a substantial income. In addition, he has been featured in some advertising and has launched his own clothing line.
By the way, Ludwig turned 26 on July 6.
So for all you writers reading this, stop writing, and start playing video games…
*image from LiveStreamFails