Apparently, the rivalry between Twitch and YouTube is so cutthroat that Twitch has dipped into revisionist history with some of its former streamers. Ludwig, DrLupo, and TimTheTatman were removed from Twitch’s end of the year celebratory recap event.
Twitch Recap, the platform’s equivalent to Spotify’s end of the year Wrapped feature, appears to have removed ex-Twitch streamers Ludwig Ahgren, DrLupo, and TimTheTatman from the recap after they jumped ship from the website to work exclusively with YouTube Gaming.
twitch seems to have removed streamers who struck deals with youtube this year — ludwig, drlupo, timthetatman — from its spotify wrapped-like "recap" feature. sad to see promotional pettiness contribute to livestreaming's longstanding issues with preservation and commemoration https://t.co/ne9xZGnMPe
— Nathan Grayson (@Vahn16) December 16, 2021
Ludwig’s removal from Twitch’s recap in particular is a glaring omission given that he broke Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ previous world record for the highest number of subscribers with more than 270,000 subs after a 31-day streaming marathon in April.
— ludwig (@LudwigAhgren) November 29, 2021
Ludwig’s partnership with YouTube Game was announced on November 29. And Twitch probably didn’t take too kindly to Ludwig’s subtle but tongue-and-cheek announcement video where he’s seen leaving a purple car that explodes only to drive off in a red car that Ludwig says is “pretty much the same,” just with the added bonus of not getting in trouble for playing music. Twitch and YouTube’s main colours, of course, are purple and red, respectively.
I’m bummed that I was completely removed from the twitch recap
Although I understand it from a business perspective it’s still sad to be erased from so many people’s year
Thanks to everyone who watched me
I appreciate you <3
— ludwig (@LudwigAhgren) December 15, 2021
Ludwig voiced his disappointment with Twitch’s recap yesterday.
“Although I understand it from a business perspective it’s still sad to be erased from so many people’s years,” Ludwig tweeted.
Ludwig did, however, receive his flowers in the form of replies from fans and other Twitch streamers. YouTube animator Ross Donnovan said Ludwig’s inclusion would have been “damn well earned.” Socialist streamer Hasanabi, who’s currently on day three of his Twitch ban following his full-throated use of “cracker” with a hard r, jokingly asked if he was even in the recap (he is). Fellow ex-Twitch streamer DrLupo responded simply with a laughing emoji.