AOC Garners Over 5 Million Views Playing 'Among Us'

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It’s not every day a United States Congresswoman appeals directly to gamers. But that’s exactly what happened on October 20, when Dem Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (better known as AOC) showed up on the streaming channel Twitch to broadcast a round of the uber trendy murder mystery game, Among Us—and encourage viewers to get out and vote. (If you missed the live stream the other night, don’t fret: the entirety of AOC’s Among Us stream, all 3.5 hours worth, is archived on Twitch.)



Let’s face it, AOC is not your parent’s politician. She’s young! She’s cool! She’s stylish! But most importantly, she’s connected. And, after launching her Twitch channel the day before her debut, she sent a Tweet to the masses,“Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote?” The response? Massive.



Along with Twitch celebrities who bring along millions of their own followers, like “Pokimane,” “DrLupo” and “Myth,” other well known blue checkmarks were in tow as well, like fellow Squad-er, Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar. Her three and a half hour video attracted 435,000 concurrent viewers and at the time of this writing, the video has a whopping 5.3 million views.



Of course, the real reason for the congresswoman’s foray into gaming was not just getting younger people to vote, but to vote for her party.”That’s really what tonight’s all about, and of course we are here to vote blue,” she said. According to TwitchTracker, this puts her broadcast in the top 20 biggest streams ever (Fortnite celeb Ninja holds the individual streamer record with over 600,000 viewers).



What Is Twitch?



A streaming video service, Twitch was originally founded in 2011 to let gamers livestream and watch video games broadcasts. Purchased by Amazon in 2014 it now boasts over 2 million monthly unique streamers—as well as an Affiliate level and a Partner level where users can earn money doing what they love.



In March, to help folks get through the beginning of the pandemic, DJ’s like D-Nice, Diplo, and DJ Jazzy Jeff, also started using Twitch to stream popular live dance parties.



How Do I Sign Up For/Watch Twitch?



Like most social media, you can just go straight to the website, Twitch.  And if you are already an Amazon Prime or Prime Video member, you can simply link your Amazon account and subscribe to Prime Gaming for no additional cost, to enjoy a free monthly channel subscription, game downloads and in-game loot. If you are not already a Prime member, the cost is $12.99 a month.



You can also download the official Twitch apps on any Amazon device, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Xbox, and Sony PlayStation. If you have a Samsung smart TV, you can also set it up to mirror Twitch from your phone. Roku users are, unfortunately, out of luck.



Signing up for Twitch is simple, though it fluctuates slightly between desktop and mobile users. Just hit the Sign Up button, make sure you complete the information, agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and away you go.



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What Is Among Us?



A multiplayer deduction game published in 2018 by InnerSloth, Among Us  can be played by groups of four to 10 on iOS, Android and Microsoft Windows. Though free on Apple devices and Google Play, you’ll pay $4.99 for the desktop version. Likened to a high-tech, social media version of Clue in space, you can join a group by setting your controls to “public” or create a “private” room with friends and family.



Each player is then randomly chosen to be either crewmate or imposter and deposited on a spaceship. Crewmates must avoid getting killed by imposters while finishing a set of spacecraft-y tasks, while imposters try not to get voted off the ship. To win, you’ve either got rid of the imposters or finished your duties.



Twitch streaming, partnered with the ability to chat about it on the Discord messaging app, made it a perfect platform for AOC to get her message out to younger voters.



What’s Up with Among Us Halloween Costumes?



With all the hype, it should be no surprise that Among Us Halloween costumes are trending. Amazon has some easy purchases, like this customizable shirt which can be paired with a Visor mask, or you can try one of these astronaut costumes and astronaut helmet (which doubles as a COVID-19 visor). If you’re more of a creator, Etsy has a sewing pattern for an inflatable costume or just take the easy way out with a full body inflatable jumpsuit.







Watch AOC's Among Us Session on Twitch















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