AOC one step closer to taking away the Army's Xbox controller

Jack Murphy
July 31, 2020 - 11:37 am
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After a preliminary vote on H.R. 7617, a 2021 fiscal bill, by the House, an amendment banning the U.S. military from using video games to recruit youngsters is one step closer to reality.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., introduced the amendment which, if passed, "prohibits the use of funds for recruiting via video gaming and esports platforms." 

While the amendment has been approved, there are many more rounds of approval that it will have to clear before it would become law.

War is not a game and the military should not be using online gaming platforms like Twitch to target young people for recruitment, Ocasio-Cortez said. The Army and Navy have both started esports teams, groups of professional competitive video game players who play games on online streaming services like Twitch in order to raise awareness about military service and help recruit young Americans. 

U.S. military esports teams have come under fire in recent weeks for potentially violating people's first amendment rights by blocking and banning users who asked them about war crimes. The Army has stopped its eSports team from streaming and it is unknown if they will return or not.

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