On 19 October 2020, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (also known as AOC) asked on Twitter if anyone would want to play Among Us on Twitch “to get the vote out”. And just like that, the internet broke.
“Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote? (I’ve never played but it looks like a lot of fun) […] Who would you want to watch in a game together?”
AOC joins Twitch and broke Twitter
Thousands of netizens flocked to the post, a large number of those saying they would love to be her teammate. Others tagged their Twitch-streaming friends. Then there’s the backlash.
Her tweet Her got the attention of pro-streamers, such as Pokimane and HasanAbi. As expected, right-leaning citizens were quick to point out that “they” are not “paying” AOC to be play games.
For every mood-ruining tweet, however, someone else would point out the many times President Trump was spotted on a golf course, or that gaming is free, while his golf trips weren’t. It was a blood bath.
AOC playing Among Us: How it started
Let’s do it! I’ll set up and account and get some streaming equipment today
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 19, 2020
AOC, who is actually a formidable League of Legends player, said she had never played Among Us before “but it looks like fun”. The aim of the game is for players to work together and find a saboteur
AOC made her Twitch debut – a three-and-a-half-hour stream – shortly after 00:00 South African Standard Time (SAST), drawing just over 4.8 million viewers.
At it’s peak viewership, her stream ranked among the 20 biggest Twitch streams of all time, according to Twitch Tracker’s clever algorithms. As far as gameplay went, AOC aced it.
AOC playing Among Us: How it’s going
As reported by The Verge, politicians have “increasingly been using tech and games to get out their message”. Biden recently launched a campaign to debut an island on Animal Crossing.
Back in 2019, Senator Bernie Sanders also joined Twitch to reach a “potentially supportive audience that we may not be hitting other ways.” Bijan Stephen wrote at the time:
“So far, Sanders’ channel has mostly broadcast town halls and rallies; the candidate himself rarely shows up on streams. Even so, 70 000 people followed Sanders’ account on Twitch in the first 24 hours they were on the platform, and 20 000 people tuned in for the first Democratic debate on their channel, according to his communication staff”.
Watch: Talking healthcare with @Hbomberguy
While discussing free healthcare (such as in the UK), AOC said she couldn’t imagine going to doctor without a credit card being involved. America doesn’t have free healthcare.
She asked, do you just walk up and say you need help?” Hbomberguy explained:
“You go to the doctor and you say, ‘I have this problem’, and then they prescribe you the medicine, and then you just go pick it up and that’s it. Then you go home and you Google how much it would have cost in America. And that’s how you get radicalised.”
— Brennan Murphy (@brenonade) October 21, 2020