The measure would prevent the US Military from recruiting through video games.
The US Army esports team’s actions over the last few weeks have now resulted in the Army suspending all activities online and to add to that, the government is imposing new measures that will prevent the US military from recruiting applicants through video games.
New information has come to light as, Rod “Slasher” Breslau explains that sources have confirmed that due to media coverage and “potentially unconstitutional bans”, the US Army esports team has now paused all social activity, Twitch streaming, and any official activations with Twitch such as the Twitch Rivals event. Apparently, the return to marketing activations may not happen until next year.
new: sources tell me due to recent media coverage of fake giveaways and potentially unconstitutional bans, the US Army esports team has paused social activity, streaming on Twitch, and official activations with Twitch including participating in upcoming Twitch Rivals events
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) July 22, 2020
Vice reported that in light of this, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is planning to file a measure that prevents the military from using video games and esports as a method of recruitment. A draft amendment has been filed and details that it would prevent the military from using funds appropriated by the bill to “maintain a presence on Twitch.com or any video game, e-sports, or live-streaming platform.”
At current, there appears to be no guarantee that the amendment will succeed due to the Pentagon’s budget being in its early stages. There’s also the lengthy process it has to go through with the House, then the Senate. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told Motherboard “It’s incredibly irresponsible for the Army and the Navy to be recruiting impressionable young people and children via live streaming platforms,”.
For those who aren’t in the loop, the US Army, Navy, and Air Force all have esports teams and have recently faced backlash for banning Twitch viewers who were asking questions about war crimes in the chat. Shortly after, The Nation reported that the team had been running a fake giveaway to win an Xbox Elite Series 2 controller with all the links leading to a form to basically join the Army.