Ludwig Promises To Host 'Biggest Smash Bros. Tournament' Ever
After conquering Twitch by smashing the record as the most-subscribed-to person on the platform, Ludwig Ahren has now set his sights on taking over YouTube, signing exclusively to the platform with a huge deal. Now, the popular streamer has revealed that he will be using a slice of his signing deal to host the "biggest Smash Bros. tournament of all time."
Ludwig, despite having a hug portfolio of games to his range, has often been pulled to Nintendo's Smash Bros. title for his esports presence. Having been a semi-professional player back in 2015, Ludwig has also been a prominent figure in creating non-circuit events such as the Ludwig Ahren Championship Series and commentating on other Melee tournaments such as Smash the Record 2017.
Now, he's eyed both Melee and Ultimate to be the recipient games of a huge project.
Ludwig Reveals Plans To Host $1million Smash Bros. Tournament
Taking to an interview in which he discussed the move from YouTube to Twitch, Ludwig revealed that he will be using a slice of his signing fee and other earnings to set up a colossal tournament in 2022.
Discussing the move, he said, "That doesn’t mean I’m just getting the bag and not streaming,
"In 2022 I will make the biggest Smash tournament of all time. It will be the biggest in entrance and prize pool for Melee and Ultimate. This will probably cost $1 million, straight up, between prize pool, venue, and all that."
Ludwig Admits Smash Bros. Was Influential In YouTube Deal
The streamer also revealed that this idea wasn't just something he was putting in place because of the switch to YouTube, rather the tournament was already planned and actually proved influential in the negotiations.
"I was leaning towards Twitch for 99% of the deal, but while I was leaning towards Twitch, I was like 'OK, I’ll do a subathon, run ads, have more money, and that’s how I’ll afford this tournament.' I was genuinely thinking of giving up a month of my life, so I had the resources to throw away $1 million, and it not be stupid.
"At this point, I have like 10 employees, so I can’t throw away $1 million. Being with YouTube, I can just do that and it’s totally chill. I don’t have to stress about being live, or trying to make the money. They allowed me to just do those projects."
Since moving to YouTube, the streamer managed to reach the top 10 most trending videos (on his announcement), and start his streaming life in front of over 50,000 peak viewers, further proving that YouTube Gaming is on the rise.