Rep Ocasio-Cortez Streamed Among Us to over 400,000 Concurrent Viewers

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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.

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Games Done Quick to Host Corona Relief Done Quick Charity Streaming Event

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Popular gaming charity organizer Games Done Quick will be hosting a special online-only speedrunning event to help provide relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Corona Relief Done Quick (CRDQ) will stream via the official Games Done Quick Twitch channel during the weekend of April 17-19.

The game list and scheduel wil be released on April 13. Submissions are open now through April 2.

One hundred percent of the donations made during the CRDQ will go to Direct Relief. Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization that helps people affected by poverty or emergencies. Their coronavirus responses include delivering personal protective equipment and other medical items to health workers.

Now the bad news. Due to the pandemic, Games Done Quick is postponing its next scheduled speedrunning event, Summer Games Done Quick. It was originally scheduled in June, but now SGDQ 2020 will take place August 16-23 in Bloomington, MN. The associated charity will be Doctors Without Borders.

Interested parties can register beginning June 7. Registration closes July 20. Previous game submissions will be wiped on April 26, and submissions will re-open April 29 – May 9. Volunteer applications will also be removed, and can be resubmitted beginning April 29.

Games Done Quick, like every company and organization, is monitoring the outbreak and watching updates from the World Health Organization and local governments to determine if another reschedule will be necessary.