About 72 hours ago, more than half a million people watched a representative of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes play a video game, Among us, something like a fictional, extraterrestrial game of Evidence. The Democratic congresswoman had created a stream of Twitch, recruiting several popular influencers for the occasion, and had a dual goal for the session: a pre-election rally for Joe Biden. It was a hit, received widespread attention and praise, and even attracted some bong-hit thoughts about whether the AOC had illuminated the future of community politics and organization.
Tonight, the game is attacked by an obvious pro-Trump hacker, playing the person of Eris Loris, who seems to attract this nom de gere from the Greek goddess of discord and discord. InnerSloth, the company behind Among us, confirmed this hack in a tweet on Thursday and sent another message on Twitter, indicating that it continues early Friday night.
The hacker is bombing Among usplayers with messages through the game’s chat feature. Many users then turned to Twitter to complain about the situation they were in and to post screenshots of the messages sent by Eris Loris.
The exact purpose of the hack is currently unclear. Trump’s spam apparently aims to change and inspire the game’s young audience, a demographic that would theoretically be much more likely to support Biden and was clearly interested in how the AOC played the game on Tuesday. In addition to the scam, Eris Loris’s messages did contain links to the Discord channel, a website, and a YouTube channel. On these platforms, the hacker had created videos and text that looked half nonsense, half references to video game scams.
Among us is a surprise hit in 2020, and Twitch’s digital AOC rally draws even more attention to it. It was the most downloaded game in the third quarter, attracting 100 million installs, almost a third more than the next most popular title, My talking Tom and friends. Meanwhile, the multiplayer game has resulted in record high levels of downloads for the six-year-old Discord, the chat app and social media platform preferred by gamers.
While Among us“The popularity may be new, what attracted the AOC there is not: Politicians are constantly looking for what will help them connect better with young people and encourage them to vote. Before the AOC was found Among us, she tweeted in May about the Nintendo game Animal crossing: New horizons and found people to play with her outside of Twitter. Biden’s campaign earlier this month created its own official presence in the game, where there is a virtual campaign headquarters controlled by the former vice president’s digital avatar, aviatar sunglasses and everything else.