Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Plays Among Us

Riya Sangwan, Staff Writer

On October 20, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played the video game Among Us alongside popular gamers on the streaming platform Twitch. She also played with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Omar’s daughter, Isra. They were joined by streamers including DisguisedToast, CORPSE, Jacksepticeye, Pokimane, singer Mxmtoon, and Valkyrae. 

Among Us is a multiplayer pace-themed game initially released in 2018 which has grown in popularity since September 2020. The game has attracted players from all around the globe and has boosted the attention of long-time streamers and gaming YouTubers, almost doubling their followings.

AOC advertised the stream on Twitter to remind her audience to vote. Aside from this, the 3 hours and 30 minutes were spent playing the game with no politics involved. An audience from both sides of the political spectrum joined the stream, where they watched the game and commented in the chat.

Aside from a passionate political audience, joining with famous content creators brought in a large number of enthusiastic fans. Thousands of people tuned in to the game to see the crossover between a well-known political figure and their favorite streamers.