I clearly remember the days in the early 90s when the US congress began having congressional hearings on violence in video games. What a long way we’ve come.

One of the most popular, widely-known, and youngest US Representatives, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY, also known as AOC), took to Twitch last night to stream the online multiplayer video game Among Us, as well as raise awareness for voting in the upcoming election.

The live stream ran for over three hours, and included Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and streamers Pokimane and HasanAbi, and more. It was AOC’s first twitch stream and very quickly became one of the biggest streams ever broadcast on the platform, peaking at over 435,000 viewers. The archived video of the stream currently rests at 4.9 million views. After the single broadcast, her twitch channel has reached over 600,000 followers.

Among Us is a social deduction game that released back in 2018, but has become incredibly popular in recent weeks. It’s similar to the social game Werewolf where players are assigned as either crewmates or imposters. The crewmates must avoid being killed and vote on who the killers are, while the imposters try to keep their murder sprees a secret.

Every time someone finds a body, everyone votes on who to kick out. Despite being two years old, Among Us has become a very popular game for streamers thanks to its cheap price ($5!), easy gameplay, and fun social bluffing.

Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric has been writing for over five years with bylines in Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer and Tabletop Gaming magazine, covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on YouTube. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.