Congressman Alexander Ocasio-Cortez recently introduced an amendment to the House Appropriations Bill that would stop the military from spending on Twitch and other video games, eSports or live broadcast platforms to end activities on those platforms.
In the past few weeks, the U.S. military’s misleading activities on the Twitch platform have come under fire from U.S. netizens. In 2018, the U.S. military created an account on the Twitch platform called “U.S. Army esports” that broadcasts popular FPS games such as Call of Duty and Rainbow SIX from time to time and describes military life. The military hopes to distance itfrom the younger generation of gamers through live streams of these games, with the ultimate goal of encouraging the younger generation to join the military.
Mr. Cortez, a prominent member of the House of Representatives, has tabled an amendment that could end the military’s live broadcast of the games on platforms such as Twitch,media Vice reported. However, the report also said that the probability of the amendment passed is not high. First, the Law Committee needs to meet to decide which pending amendments can be moved forward. The bill must then pass through multiple committees, followed by a vote in the entire House of Representatives, followed by the Senate.