Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal Rubio and Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter: 'Work more, tweet less' Harry Styles hits back at criticism over wearing dress on Vogue cover MORE's (D-N.Y.) entrance into the Twitch online gaming community became one of the most-watched streams in the platform's history as more than half a million people tuned in Tuesday evening.

A multihour stream of the New York congresswoman playing "Among Us" alongside popular streamers Hasanabi and Pokimane and others including a colleague and fellow "squad" member, Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar'It's not a slogan': Progressives push back on Obama's comments on 'defund the police' movement Meet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (D-Minn.), drew more than 430,000 viewers on her channel. Other streamers broadcasting while taking part in the event drew tens of thousands of concurrent viewers as well, likely bringing the total past half a million viewers.

The stream is now the third highest watched in Twitch history, according to Gamespot.com, trailing a record set by streamer Ninja in 2018 during a Fortnite session with rapper Travis Scott and hip-hop artist Drake. A Fortnite in-game event streamed earlier this year from Spanish streamer TheGrefg was the second most watched event.


Omar captioned a picture of herself playing on a staffer's computer Tuesday evening shortly after joining the event, during which she won at least one match while at times playing alongside her oldest daughter, Isra Hirsi.

Other members of Congress appeared to be enjoying the stream from a distance.

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks MORE (D-Mich.), another "squad" member, tweeted a picture of her two sons watching Ocasio-Cortez play, and added: "They think this is the coolest thing ever & are trying to convince me to get with the program."


At one point in the stream, Ocasio-Cortez also announced that Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashIncoming GOP lawmaker shares video of hotel room workout, citing 'Democrat tyrannical control' Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Romney congratulates Biden after victory MORE (I-Mich.) had texted her, telling her that he was greatly enjoying the stream.

"I had no idea how Among Us worked before this Twitch stream, but this is great, and I’ve got my son speed-teaching me," Amash tweeted minutes later.

Plans for the hugely popular stream evolved over the course of a single day following Ocasio-Cortez's query to her followers a day earlier asking if anyone would be interested in a stream featuring a get-out-the-vote message.


Numerous streamers including Pokimane and Hasanabi, also known as former Young Turks contributor Hasan Piker, responded to the congresswoman's Monday tweet, apparently prompting plans for the star-studded stream.