Online gaming and eSports are huge among young people in the United States. Therefore, the military sees it as a recruiting possibility. Yet, one Democratic congresswoman wants to stop the tactic of recruiting through such venues dead in its tracks.
On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-NY), introduced an amendment to the House Appropriations bill that would ban the military from using funds to maintain “a presence on Twitch.tv or any video game, eSports or live-streaming platform,” for the purpose of recruitment.
Twitch is a very popular live streaming platform used by an estimated 17.5 million people every day, but Ocasio-Cortez said she believes the military should be banned from recruiting through video games streamed on the website.
“It’s incredibly irresponsible for the Army and the Navy to be recruiting impressionable young people and children via live streaming platforms,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “War is not a game, and the Marine Corps’ decision not to engage in this recruiting tool should be a clear signal to the other branches of the military to cease this practice entirely.”