May 22, 2022

AOC Breaks Twitch Record with Among Us

Among Us

Two days ago, Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her intention to live stream Among Us, the internets most recent phenomenon success. And last night she did just that, to record views. Peaking at just over 400k spectators, AOC took bronze medal for most concurrent live-stream viewers on Twitch. Combined with the other streams that took part, that number rose over 700k.

Ocasio-Cortez’ Monday tweet can be seen below, in which she defended as a means to raiser voter awareness ahead of the US election due to take place on the 3rd of November.

Ocasio-Cortez’ tweet inviting the Among Us stream on Monday night

AOC has received some criticism from the ostensibly political stunt, initiating the stream by encouraging her audience to vote Democrat. But with such a significant viewership it’s hard to argue that it didn’t pay off. Louise Shorthouse, Games industry analyst at Omidia said,

“It feels genuine to me…I do think it’s a very smart way to raise voting awareness pre-election, especially amongst the notoriously hard-to-reach Gen Z.”

For those not in the loop (where have you been), AOC played a game of subterfuge and betrayal, with danger around each coroner as she endeavors diligently to get her ship back on course. But that’s just politics for you. The Among Us Twitch stream must have felt pretty familiar to the notoriously outspoken Democrat.

Overall the stream lasted about three and a half hours, topping out at 439k viewers at it’s peak. The record remains held by singer Drake’s Fortnite stream, taking place back in March 2018. But that’s not to underplay AOC’s success. She managed to garner an additional 550k additional followers throughout the performance.

Overall her it seems Ocasio-Cortez has done well from her foray into online gaming, with reaction broadly positive. Mitchell Robertson, fellow at the Rothermere American Institute said,

“The impressiveness of AOC is not simply that she is a forceful and articulate proponent of the Democratic message, it is that she is able to speak credibly directly to millennials using platforms like Twitch,”

Haters gonna hate

But haters gonna hate, and a few outspoken critics were keen to accuse the congresswoman of electioneering.

Nicky Danino, principal lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire, UK said,

“This is a very transparent move on her behalf. It’s not the first time that a politician has aligned themselves with trends in order to gain popularity, or new followers. Overall, this seems to be a well-orchestrated political move,”

Others took a slightly different approach, praising the effort but ultimately critisising the result,

“It’s a good profile raiser so it’s worth a try. However, it’s connecting young people to a politician, not necessarily politics,”

Jon Tonge, professor of politics at the University of Liverpool, UK

Time will of course tell as to whether this will have any real impact on the election. But stunt or not it’s nice to see her having a little fun in these extraordinary times. And it sure beats the hell out of Joe Biden’s Virtual Field office in Animal Crossing. Yikes.

Even virtual Joe looks a little confused

Source; BBC

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