AOC plays Among Us on Twitch, gets one of the most watched streams ever


Someone’s happy with her League of Legends ranking. 

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The election is around the corner, and democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday looked to use video games to inspire people to vote — and it probably worked. Ocasio-Cortez, better known as AOC, streamed Among Us, one of the most popular online games, on Twitch alongside streamers Pokemane and Hasanabi

The stream peaked at 439,000 views, making it the third highest viewed single stream in history. The all-time record is Ninja’s, when he teamed up with Drake and Travis Scott in a game of Fortnite. Viewership ranged from 300,000 to 400,000 for most of the stream.

It began at around 8:40 p.m. ET, before the advertised 9 p.m. kickoff. Ocasio-Cortez took that time to encourage viewers to vote, and do so in advance of election day if possible. As the games started, Ocasio-Cortez, Pokemane and Hasanabi were joined by Ilhan Omar, a fellow congresswoman to AOC and member of The Squad

By the time Ocasio-Cortez logged off, she had been streaming for three-and-a-half hours. 

Among Us is a social deduction game, basically an online version of the party game Mafia. Set on a spaceship, one or two players are “imposters” attempting to sabotage a team of crewmates trying to do their tasks and figure out who the imposters are. In 2020, it’s soared in popularity to become one of the most played games on online streaming site Twitch. Right now more people are watching Among Us on Twitch than any other game, including perennial favorite Fortnite

Outside of repeated appeals to vote, the stream was light on politics. Ocasio-Cortez joked at the beginning that it’s OK for everyone in the stream to call her AOC, but Mike Pence isn’t allowed to. Later, she had British streamers explain the joys of the NHS, the UK’s publicly-funded healthcare system. But most of the video game stream was just that — a video game stream.

The Twitch exploit all started Monday with a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez.

“Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote?” The congresswoman asked on Twitter. She hasn’t played the game before, she added.

After asking who she should stream with, hordes of popular streamers raised their hands in response. 

Ocasio-Cortez launched her Twitch channel and, in a single day, garnered 289,000 followers. By the end of her stream she had amassed 422,000. AOC has already surged past other high-profile politicians, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump, who are already established on the platform. Sanders has 158,000 followers and Trump has 143,000. 

Considering Ocasio-Cortez has publicly declared her love for video games on numerous occasions (she has a silver rank in League of Legends and has dropped in on Twitch chats before) it’s surprising AOC has taken this long to launch a Twitch channel. This could be the first of many streams and is already inspiring other politicians to jump onboard. Fellow Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has already launched her own channel in Ocasio-Cortez’s wake.

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