Less than a week ago, popular internet star and former Smash Melee player Ludwig Aghren shocked fans when he announced he would be leaving Twitch after signing an exclusive contract with YouTube Gaming.
The switch came as a massive surprise to many members of the Twitch community since the star smashed records of becoming the most-subscribed streamer on the platform. Now, the Twitch-turned-YouTube streamer revealed another massive change on his streams.
Ludwig says all YouTube donations will go to mods
During his YouTube Livestream on 30th November, Ludwig said, "As guys know, the switch came with a lot of changes. So, mods, a very different change is about to happen to you guys. I'm not the first to do this, so I'm not going to take credit, but I am going to hop on the bandwagon."
"Starting in December, all donations to this channel [...] will go to the mods. Every dollar. Donations are still capped at ten bucks, and we'll figure out a way to pay out everyone fairly," Ludwig said.
The Twitch-turned-YouTube megastar then said, "I'd like for mods to be paid. And yes, this is me paying off moderators, so they have to stay and hang out with me, yes."
Many users on Reddit praised Ludwig's decision and even called to standardise millionaire streamers "actually paying their damn mods."
Indeed, streamers certainly do not have to pay mods, given that there are thousands of fans ready and willing to do it for free. However, paying mods for their contribution indeed says a lot about the streamer's mods and the broader community.
Another Reddit user explained that "mods are often the glue that holds a community together" and that paying moderators would be amazing, particularly for chat-centric communities like political streamer Hasan "Hasanabi" Piker's streams.
Of course, paying mods might be a complicated process for certain streamers. For example, smaller streamers might not find it practical or financially feasible to pay mods. In comparison, larger streamers might have to find ways to bridge local and international tax and employment laws.
Nevertheless, it is great to see prominent streamers recognise the contribution of moderators and give back to the community. Hopefully, this will set the stage for other notable streamers on Twitch and YouTube to do the same.
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Featured image courtesy of YouTube / Ludwig.