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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Twitch Prime (and Amazon Prime) Subscribers Get Free 12 Months of Nintendo Switch Online

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If you’re a Twitch Prime subscriber you can get a year’s worth of Nintendo Switch Online for free, thanks to a new deal between Nintendo and Twitch parent company Amazon. If you don’t have Twitch Prime there’s a good chance you have Amazon Prime, which includes a Twitch Prime membership. Simply create a Twitch account if you don’t already have one and link it to Amazon Prime, then sign-up with Nintendo.

The catch is you can only initially claim three months of Nintendo Switch Online for free. After that you’ll need to return to the website and claim the other nine months. The 3-month free membership must be claimed by September 24. The 9-month membership can be redeemed 60-days after the first claim, and must be redeemed by January 22, 2020.

Existing Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can take advantage of this year to add more time to their membership. However, the deal only works for individual plans, not family plans. Members are also limited to a maximum 36-months of subscription time, so you can only buy ahead so much.

If you cancel your Prime membership you’ll still gain the benefit of the free Nintendo Switch Online claims, though you’ll need to be an active Prime subscriber for 60-days to get the 9-month offer.

Nintendo Switch Online launched last year as Nintendo’s premium online service. It’s required to play Nintendo Switch games online, such as Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo Switch Online also includes backup cloud saves, smartphone app integration, and access to digital NES games. A single Nintendo Switch Online subscription normally costs $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 90 days, or $19.99 for 12 months.

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First Ever Week of Overwatch League Boasted 10 Million Viewers

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Anyone who’s still rolling their eyes at esports hasn’t been paying attention to the numbers, and numbers don’t lie. The Overwatch League kicked off its season last week at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, California. The week of competition lasted four days between the 12 global teams, resulting in sold-out physical tickets as well as more than 10 million viewers between Twitch, Major League Gaming, and Chinese streaming services.

“Since we announced Overwatch League at BlizzCon 2016, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when the global competitive Overwatch community could come together under one banner,” said Nate Nanzer, Overwatch League commissioner. “Opening week was that coming-out party for the fans, both in-person at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and tuned in by the millions all over the world, and for the players, whose love for the game came through crystal clear.”

Opening day alone drew an average audience-per-minute ratio of 408,000, with the highly anticipated matchup between the Dallas Fuel and the Seoul Dynasty. Viewership averaged to 280,000 throughout the weekend.

The Overwatch League recently announced an exclusive two-year deal with Twitch as its broadcasting partner. “We had high expectations for the inaugural broadcast of the Overwatch League on Twitch, given our platform’s passionate fanbase for Overwatch,” said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. “They really put on an amazing show and fans showed up en masse to support and celebrate Overwatch. Based on the response from the community, Overwatch League is off to a great start and we look forward to watching how the season progresses. This league demonstrates the power and potential of esports, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our partnership with Blizzard.”

The first season of the Overwatch League will continue through June, with playoffs starting in July. Games are typically played from Wednesday to Saturday. You can see the full schedule here. Note for this first season all games will be played at the Blizzard Arena in Lost Angeles while the other teams build their home venues.