In the competitive world of Twitch streaming, these are the records that have been set for the longest streams, subathons, or the most subs or views, as of 2023.
As the audience for livestreaming grows, streamers are in a battle for the attention of viewers. The established names fight to keep hold of their viewer base, as the newcomers fight for their share. Along the way, records are set for various milestones.
You can check out viewership records on Twitch here, as well as the highest viewership on YouTube. But, while peak viewership alone is the most common measure of popularity on Twitch, there are many more records and milestones that streamers strive for.
Most subs on Twitch ever
The current record for highest sub count on Twitch is held by Kai Cenat with 306,621 subscribers. This beat the previous record held by Ludwig, with 283,066 subscribers.
Both of these records were achieved during 30-day long subathon streams, where viewers extend the timer on the stream by subscribing to the channel.
As well as viewers and followers, subscribers are another way to measure how popular a streamer is. But, unlike followers, the number of subscribers can tell us how popular that streamer at a given point in time is, as it can go up or down every month.
Over the years, lots of streamers have broken the records for the most subs at one time. Famously, Ninja set the record at over 269,000 in April 2018 – without a subathon – but that has since been beaten. Kai Cenat now holds the record, following his subathon in 2023.
The records below only include the occasions where the previous record was beaten – i.e. new records.
Twitch subscribers records
|Twitch subscriber records|
|#1||Kai Cenat||306,621 (March 2023)|
|#2||Ludwig||283,066 (April 2021)|
|#3||Ninja||269,154 (April 2018)|
|#4||Geekandsundry||55,349 (February 2018)|
|#5||Tyler1||36,666 (February 2018)|
Despite big subathons from both Kkatamina (73,000 subs) and Ironmouse (177,000 subs), no one managed to overtake Ludwig’s record of 283k until Kai Cenat. Kkatamina held the record for female streamers, before being overtaken by Ironmouse.
Kai Cenat is now the record holder, and remains the most subscribed streamer on Twitch at the time of writing.
Longest subathon on Twitch
The current record for the longest subathon stream is 484 days, held by Emilycc. This stream is still ongoing. Emily is now targeting 730 days in total, to hit two years straight on her subathon.
Sparked by the popularity of Ludwig’s subathon, lots of streamers are now running their own. For every sub or donation, an amount of time is added to the clock, and streamers must stay live until the time expires.
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Ludwig capped his stream at 30 days, but others have been less conservative. In September 2021, PandaTV streamed for 840 hours straight, setting the new record. This was then eclipsed by PappiEric, with a 45-day subathon. In September 2021, Athena streamed for over 1000 hours straight for her subathon, amounting to 47 days.
Currently, the record now stands at a whopping 484 days, completed by streamer Emilycc. Still streaming now (as of the time of writing), the broadcast holds the current record for longest subathon stream. Emily is now aiming for two years straight for her subathon, after hitting the 1-year mark.
|Longest Subathon on Twitch|
|#1||Emilycc||484 days (Ongoing)|
|#2||Notmes||115 days (April 2022)|
|#3||TaySpokes||112 days (March 2022)|
|#4||Tacos_Terps||95 days (December 2022)|
|#5||REAL_Jakeychu||89 days (April 2022)|
Streamer Ambish is currently on day 224 of his subathon. When sleeping, Ambish will play VOD content and pause the timer when asleep – although this rules out the subathon from the top 5 overall ranking here, he does so so that viewers aren’t giving money while he sleeps. It is now the 2nd longest subathon in terms of time the stream is live, however.
Brazilian broadcaster Rhamonzin actually finished his subathon on day 99, but due to time bonuses being added manually, this subathon is not on the overall Top 5 ranking.
Longest stream on Twitch
These subathon streams might seem long, but they’re nothing compared to the overall longest stream on Twitch. So what is the longest stream on Twitch ever by a single streamer?
This record was originally set by Los Pollos TV, in April 2020, with 161 hours live, and since then, lots of broadcasters have attempted to break it. CallMeCypher set a new record shortly after, streaming for 200 hours straight, before it was ended due to technical difficulties.
Now, there is one clear record-holder, and it’s unlikely anyone will ever overtake them. Twitch streamer GPHustla was live, with a single uninterrupted broadcast, for 634 days. This is the longest solo livestream on Twitch.
Unfortunately, his channel was suspended indefinitely, ending the broadcast. GPHustla believes Twitch made an error by suspending him, but his appeals so far have been unsuccessful or ignored. As a result, he’s now streaming on YouTube instead.
If we go beyond solo streamers, the channel ‘StreamerHouse‘ claims to have been live continuously since 2013, which would of course mean it holds the record overall. However, this is a group of friends and guests, rather than an individual streamer.
So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to know about the biggest Twitch records, from most subs through to the longest streams.
There are plenty of other records to boast on or off of Twitch too, including viewership and followers. Check out some of our other lists below:
Most followed Twitch streamers | Most viewed Twitch stream | Highest peak viewership on Twitch & YouTube | Most watched streamers | Most followed TikTokers | Most subscribed YouTube channels