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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo 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 OmarHouse approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade Omar introduces bill to sanction Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi killing 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 White House to overturn wage ruling Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' 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 AmashRepublicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Michigan GOP lawmaker says he's 'strongly considering' impeachment Newly sworn in Republican House member after Capitol riot: 'I regret not bringing my gun to D.C.' 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.