In a 292-126 vote Thursday night, the U.S. House rejected an amendment by U.S. envoy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, DN.Y., that would place restrictions on ads for U.S. military recruitment, according to a report.
Most of the Democrats’ 2-on-1 defeat means the military can continue to advertise for Twitch, a streaming platform popular with online gamers.
Earlier on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez appealed on Twitter to persuade lawmakers to support his proposal.
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“War is not a game,” she wrote. “Twitch is a popular platform for FAR children under the age of military recruitment rules. We should not associate military service with shoot-up games and competitions.
“The Marines withdrew from Twitch for some reason,”
All the army, navy, air force and national guard are involved in sponsorships and partnerships in the world of so-called “e-sports”, said the ESports observer.
But the Marines and the Coast Guard don’t. In May, Military.com cited a document for the recruitment of Marines in 2019, which was presented to the Advisory Committee on Defense for Women in the Services.
“The national marketing strategy does not include future plans to create eSports teams or create branded games,” writes Marine Corps. “This is partly due to the belief that the brand and the problems associated with the battle are too serious to be” gamified “in a responsible way.”
However, the same report notes that in January, the Marines launched an academic achievement program for the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which offers free time for high-achieving students and college students to play.
Marine recruits have also attended export tournaments – signaling at least some contact with activities that attract 72 percent of men and 49 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 29, according to Military.com.
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After Thursday’s vote, Ocasio-Cortez returned to Twitter to make a positive turn.
“The good news is that a majority of the Dem party supported this amendment,” she wrote. “This is a really good start for the first time this issue has been raised in Congress.”
Thirteen members of the House did not vote on the amendment, The ESports Observer reported.