According to a report, the U.S. House rejected in a 292-126 vote Thursday night the amendment by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which was to put limits on U.S. military recruitment ads.
The more than 2-1 defeat of the Democrat plan means the military may continue to post recruitment ads on Twitch, a popular streaming platform among online gamers.
Earlier Thursday on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez made a call to convince lawmakers to support his proposal.
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“War is not a game,” he wrote. “Twitch is a popular platform for FAR children under the age of military recruitment rules. We must not combine military service with shoot-em-up games and contests.
“The Marines left Twitch for a reason,” he added. It’s time to follow your leadership. “
The army, navy, air force and national guard are involved in sponsorships and collaborations in the world of so-called “e-sports,”; said the Sports Observer.
But the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard don’t. In May, Military.com cited a 2019 Marine Corps recruitment document that was presented to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in Services.
“The national branding strategy does not include future plans to establish eSports teams or create branded games,” Marine Corps wrote. “This is due in part to the belief that branding and the problems associated with combat are too serious to be ‘classified’ responsibly.”
The same report noted, however, that in January, the Marines launched a program of academic excellence in partnership with Sports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which offers free play time to high school students and highly successful university.
Marine Corps recruiters have also attended sports tournaments, indicating 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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After Thursday’s vote, Ocasio-Cortez returned to Twitter to give a positive twist to the result.
“The good news: most of the Dem party supported this change,” he wrote. “It’s really a solid start because it’s the first time this issue has been presented to Congress.”
The thirteen members of the House did not vote on the amendment, The ESports Observer reported.