In a 292-126 vote Thursday night, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a change by U.S. Department of Defense Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. a report.
The more than 2-1 loss to the Democrat plan means the military can continue to post recruitment ads on Twitch, a popular streaming platform with online players.
On Twitter on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez made an appeal to persuade lawmakers to support her proposal.
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“War is not a game,” she wrote. “Twitch is a popular platform for FAR kids under the age of military recruitment rules. We should not combine military service with ̵6;shoot-em-up’ style games and competitions.
“The Marines withdrew from Twitch for a reason,” she added. It’s time to pursue their supremacy. “
The Army, Navy, Air Force and National Guard participate in sponsorships and partnerships in the world of so-called “e-sports”, reported The ESports Observer.
But the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard do not. In May, Military.com cited a 2019 Marine Corps recruitment document, which was submitted to the Advisory Committee on the Protection of Women in Services.
“The national brand marketing strategy does not include future plans to create eSports teams or create branded games,” the Marine Corps wrote. “This is due to the belief that brands and combat-related issues are too serious to be ‘gamified’ responsibly.”
The same report noted, however, that in January the Marines launched an Academic Excellence Program in partnership with Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which provides free play time for high school and college students.
Marine Corps recruiters have also taken part in Esports tours – signaling at least some contact with an activity that attracts 72 percent of men and 49 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 29, Military.com reported.
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Following Thursday’s vote, Ocasio-Cortez returned to Twitter to give a positive twist on the result.
“The good news: the majority of the Dem party supported this change,” she wrote. “This is a really strong start to this, and it’s the first time this issue has been brought before Congress.”
Thirteen House members did not vote on the change, The ESports Observer reported.