Internet Declares War On The U.S. Army Esports Discord Channel
The military has long had a foot in gaming, most notably as a recruitment tool with efforts like the early 2000s’ America’s Army series. The army’s gaming arm came back into the public eye this week, after the U.S. Army’s esports account tweeted “UwU” in response to a tweet by chat app Discord. It was odd. In 2020, however, few things are surprising.
The tweet went viral, with many criticizing the military’s use of the esports initiative as a recruitment instrument to focus on younger individuals.
uwu pwease enwist and commit waw cwimes uwu
— jay is antifascist, pro-Black lives (@shutupfish) June 30, 2020
Quickly, a brand new speedrun problem spawned on Twitter the place customers competed to get banned from the US Military esports Discord server the quickest, Polygon reported. The server was flooded with customers posting in an effort to try to get banned–while some posted basic “copypasta” textual content, others merely linked to the Wikipedia page for “United States war crimes.”
US Army eSports Discord server ban speedrun pic.twitter.com/T38JUokqs1
— 𝙰𝚞𝚛𝚞𝚖𝙲𝚘𝚛𝚙𝚞𝚜 ♔ (@Aurum_Corpus) July 1, 2020
(SPEEDRUN ANY%) get banned from the U.S. Army Esports discord server pic.twitter.com/ADeRmaUud6
— soildweller (@soildweller) June 30, 2020
Most videos showed users achieving bans within 20 seconds, with the mods clearly active to keep up with the influx of new users.
The main functionality of the Discord channel has now been disabled. While it’s still possible to join the server, reacting to the rules message no longer grants access to the main chat channels though the number of reactions continues to tick up as users attempt to join.
The U.S. Army Esports’ Discord’s “welcome” chat channel currently shows a message from an admin (with the display name UwU, no less) saying “Temporarily disabled. Thanks for the fun tonight!”