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US Army Twitch Stream Flooded With War Crime Questions

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A recent Twitch stream by the US Army Esports team didn’t go according to plan, as the channel chat was flooded with questions about war crimes, according to Vice.

The Us Army jumped in the competition with other esports teams back in 2018 in a marketing effort to encourage young people to consider a military career, and recently join the streaming platform to “share the Army’s passion for gaming, showcase competitions, and connect with our viewers.” While not as efficient as Esports SEO can be, it still was intended to do the same thing in raising visibility for Army content creators and military streamers.

While the channel was streaming Call of Duty: Warzone, a number of chatters started asking about war crimes, which you can see in the clip below, courtesy of industry insider Rod Breslau.

Shortly after the messages, the stream abruptly stopped, but upon returning only viewers who have been following the US Army esports channel for at least 24 hours could participate in chat.

Furthermore, the US Army esports team issued a statement alleging that viewers violated the platform’s policy against harassment.

“The U.S. Army eSports Team follows the guidelines and policies set by Twitch, and they did ban a user from their account,” a representative of the U.S. Army esports team said in the official statement.

“Team members are very clear when talking with potential applicants that a game does not reflect a real Army experience. They discuss their career experiences in real terms with factual events. Team members ensure people understand what the Army offers through a realistic lens and not through the lens of a game meant for entertainment. This user’s question was an attempt to shift the conversation to imply that Soldiers commit war crimes based on an optional weapon in a game, and we felt that violated Twitch’s harassment policy. The U.S. Army offers youth more than 150 different careers, and ultimately the goal of the Army eSports Team is to accurately portray that range of opportunities to interested youth.”

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