The Navy disabled text chat for today’s ‘Women of Warzone’ training camp Twitch broadcast, causing some viewers to start spamming the chat. with bomb and fire emojis instead.
The boot camp sessions were set up for a prize pool of $ 10,000 Call of Duty Warzone tournament, open to the public, that the Navy will organize on March 8. “In celebration of International Women’s Day, the United States Navy has chosen to stand up for the incredible Women of Warzone,” says a Description of the event, something like the «Hire more female guards«Meme had a baby with Steve Buscemi with a backwards cap holding a skateboard.
Today’s Live Stream included several rounds of War zone punctuated by short interviews with a cheerful host sitting across from stuffed Pikachus asking questions about things like how the game’s approach to teamwork mirrors that of the Navy itself. Meanwhile, the Twitch chat was filled with “CurseLit” and “TwitchRaid” emoticons that resemble missiles and flames respectively, apparently as an ongoing comment from those who oppose the use of video games and Twitch to promote the military.
Various branches of the US military have incorporated gaming into their recruiting campaigns for decades, and streaming on Twitch is the final frontier in those efforts, one that has occasionally been found by resistance by those seeking to highlight the long list of injustices and alleged war crimes associated with the nation’s fading imperial project. Last year, this reaction prompted the Army temporarily discontinue use of Twitch altogether, and the Navy to create new training facilities for its transmitters by instructing them addressing questions about war crimes when they come up in the chat.
For today’s broadcast, the Navy completely dispensed with allowing questions, instead forcing the more than 500 viewers, such as one named AntifaWarrior, to communicate solely via emoji. On Twitter, which has yet to ban text chat, users had more options. “Women of war crimes?” wrote one.