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.
— U.S. Army Esports (@USArmyesports) June 30, 2020
The tweet went viral, with many criticizing the army’s use of the esports initiative as a recruitment tool to target young people.
uwu pwease enwist and commit waw cwimes uwu
— jay is antifascist, pro-Black lives (@shutupfish) June 30, 2020
Soon, a new speedrun challenge spawned on Twitter where users competed to get banned from the US Army esports Discord server the fastest, Polygon reported. The server was flooded with users posting in an effort to try and get banned–while some posted classic “copypasta” text, others simply linked to the Wikipedia page for “United States war crimes.”