Politicians are getting smart and are starting to use Twitch as a fund raising source.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and the leader of the New Canadian Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh Raised over $185,000 for Hungry Kids and Rent Eviction Relief while streaming a video game (Among Us) on Twitch. She had initially planned to stream for 2 hours but ended up streaming for a total of 6 hours. We have all heard of youtube streamers making insane amounts of money playing video games online. In order to this you have to be able to keep people entertained. AOC did not disappoint!
I have been saying this to myself since her first stream a few weeks ago (before the elections), Why doesn't she do this more often? Can you think of a more effective fund raising method as a politician? As an added benefit this is another way to connect with her constituents. Seriously It's a no brainer. And if we bring grandpa Bernis on the stream we can easily get one million people online. You guys should do it and test out the Twitch infrastructure.
Then my next headline would be "AOC and Bernie Breaks Twitch!"
Around 7pm tonight Alexandria Cortez went online. I got the alert through Twitch email that the stream was starting.
I signed on immediately. I then waited through the 15 minute "Going Live Soon" message and the subsequent 20 minutes of audio and technical difficulties. Nevermind I'm an AOC fanboy. The twitch chat was immediately on fire and impossible to read because the messages were coming so fast. Within 5 minutes of Twitch sending out the alert there were 50,000 people on her stream.
They attributed their success to an instagram post. I think that is incorrect. In fact it was the messaging capability of the Twitch platform, that got that many users that quickly. Twitch is a company owned and powered by AWS.
AOC teamed up with Canadian New Democratic LeaderJagmeet Singh. Watching Jagmeet and AOC play together was lots of fun, and I could not stop laughing. The first ten games Jagmeet was assigned as the imposter.
Seeing politicians lie online with dexterity was extremely entertaining. AOC though couldn't hack it as an imposter her tells were clear. She is usually very chatty during debates. When she is the bad guy she stayed silent. That tell was pretty evident but her teammates did not pick up on them. She and jagmeet managed to win a game together with some crafty lies.
Among Us is an online multiplayer social deduction game developed and published by American game studio Innersloth and released on June 15, 2018.
The game takes place in a space-themed setting, in which players each take on one of two roles, most being Crewmates, and a predetermined number being Impostors. Whatever team you are assigned to. Your objective is to win. If you are an imposter you win through murder and sabotage. If you are a crewmate you win by ejecting the imposters or completing the tasks before the imposters.
Jagmeet Singh Dhaliwal MP, professionally known as Jagmeet Singh, is a Canadian lawyer and politician serving as leader of the New Democratic Party since 2017 and as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Burnaby South since 2019.
I am not sure if this was intentional but Jagmeet was casted as an imposter too many times. To be fair he played his role with expert skill in finagling his way out of tricky conversations.
At some point during the stream one of the developers of the game tuned in to play. She had an extremely entertaining stream personality and it added to the entertainment.
Around 11pm when everyone was tired and needed to pee, the money started rolling in.
The real fun conversations started after games when everyone was gathered in the lobby. They had some VERY interesting conversations around healthcare and socialism. Jagmeet seemed to be flexing his Canadian healthcare and the Canadian's response to the pandemic. canada gave its citizens $2000 a month both I and AOC's jaws dropped, when Jagmeet kept bragging about their healthcare system and community insurance plan. Why aren't we doing those things over here Miss AOC?
AOC is finally on to something big here. I look forward to seeing more in the future. Uncle Bernie or maybe even some republican politicians. That should be fun.
Check out her twitch channel here https://www.twitch.tv/aoc
Here is a link to donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/novcharity