Ocasio-Cortez tweeted yesterday that she was looking for people to play the popular game with in an effort to get out the vote, noting that she’s never played before but that it looks fun.
Streamer pokimane, who has 6 million followers on Twitch and whose YouTube videos regularly see more than 1 million views each, responded to the tweet with a figurative raised hand.
HasanAbi, a very popular political commentator on Twitch, who has more than 380,000 Twitter followers, also chimed in to the conversation saying that they’re already making a lobby. It wasn’t long before Rep. Ilhan Omar raised her hand, too.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just played a video game on Twitch to encourage voting
The Democratic congresswoman took the online streaming platform by storm Tuesday night when she livestreamed a game of “Among Us” against fellow Democrat representative Ilhan Omar and Twitch VIPs, such as pokimane, HasanAbi and Myth.”Holy cow … Can y’all hear me?,” Ocasio-Cortez said as she tried to find her bearings on the platform, which is predominantly used to live stream video gameplay. “This is pretty wild. I’m pretty excited.”Launched in 2011, Twitch also hosts live streams of music, sports and talk shows. US President Donald Trump and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders both have accounts on the platform, which was bought by Amazon (AMZN) for $1 billion in 2014. Twitch says it has 17.5 million daily visitors and 1.5 million viewers at any one time. Ocasio-Cortez has appeared on Twitch before, having once called into a fundraiser stream last year. But she now has an account, and has already reached some 545,000followers. Her debut video, which lasted more than three hours, has garnered over 4.5 million views.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez live streamed a video game on Twitch while encouraging viewers to vote.The New Yorker used the opportunity to encourage viewers to vote, directing them to IWillVote.com, a Democratic party website with information on voting. “That’s really what tonight’s all about, and of course we are here to vote blue,” she said, a reference to the Democratic party.
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