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AOC Hosted A Wildly Popular Twitch Livestream To Encourage Viewers To Vote

AOC played "Among Us" while discussing voting, health care and who can and can't use her nickname.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appeared on popular streaming platform Twitch Tuesday to play  and encourage viewers to vote. 

AOC took to Twitch after putting out a call on Twitter for users to play the popular video game “Among Us” with her on Monday — drawing enthusiasm from well-known gamers, Internet stars, and fellow lawmakers. 

Via her new verified Twitch account that she set up Monday, AOC gamed against fellow Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and other prominent Twitch streamers such as pokimane and HasanAbi.

AOC’s stream was “within the top 5 most viewed individual streams in Twitch’s history,” according to Polygon. She used the platform to remind viewers to make a voting plan for the current 2020 election.

More recently, progressive organizations and activists have been using “Among Us” to encourage people to vote. 

“Virtual organizing is really popping off right now. Among Us is a great place to talk about really anything you want to get out there,” gun violence activist Cameron Kasky told The New York Times. “You’ve got people’s eyes and attention and the game is not too complicated where it’d be distracting to talk about voting. It leaves the viewers visually engaged while you talk about whatever you want.”

This isn’t the first time AOC has used popular gaming platforms to engage with voters. Earlier this year, she used the popular Nintendo Switch game “Animal Crossing” to virtually visit and interact with some of her Twitter followers.