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Is Jagmeet Singh Going To Stream ‘Among Us’ On Twitch Like AOC?

Mel Woods
·Associate Editor, HuffPost Canada
·3 min read

Not long after U.S. representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York broke streaming records when she played the game “Among Us” on the Twitch video platform, a progressive politician north of the border might be looking to jump on the bandwagon and stream the popular game, too.

Jagmeet Singh hinted on Twitter Wednesday night that he was up for it, after popular streamer Ryan Letourneau reached out asking if the NDP leader was interested in playing.

Hasanabi, another popular streamer who joined Ocasio-Cortez on her stream, also jumped in at the prospect of a Singh stream.

Singh’s press secretary confirmed to HuffPost Canada that they are currently “in talks to make it happen” but nothing is yet finalized.

Inspired by classic party games like “Mafia” and “Werewolf,” “Among Us” players take on the role of crewmates on an outer space mission. A number of players are imposters set on killing everyone else one-by-one. The rest of the crewmates must work together to figure out who the imposters are.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sept. 24, 2020.  (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sept. 24, 2020. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Though the game was first released in 2018, it has surged in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way for friends to virtually connect and play together. As of Oct. 1, the game surpassed 100 million downloads, according to its developer.

On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez shot the game into the mainstream by playing for several hours in front of more than 400,000 viewers for a total of 4.8 million views. Ocasio-Cortez was joined for her stream by Twitch and YouTube personalities like Pokimane, Jack Septic Eye and Hasanabi alongside fellow Democrat representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Ocasio-Cortez was actually the one to kick things off, tweeting on Monday afternoon asking if there was anyone who wanted to join her for a game as a way of encouraging young people to get out the vote.

“I’m so excited by this upcoming election,” she said during the stream. “We can overwhelm the polls, and we can get things back on track.”

It’s not a total surprise that Singh is keen to jump on the streaming bandwagon. He’s already proven his TikTok chops, participating in popular trends and even using it as a campaign tool.

@thejagmeetsingh

We’re fighting for you, to build a better future #yougotit #foryoupage #foryou

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Here’s hoping we get to see the stream actually materialize (and maybe have AOC make a guest appearance?)

Now we just have to wait and see who deems Singh “sus” first.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost Canada and has been updated.