With the US elections set to take place next year, campaigning is already underway and the US President has selected a platform that has us saying “what?”.

Last week Trump launched his own Twitch channel. Yes, we’ll get to his thoughts on Amazon (which owns Twitch) and Jeff Bezos in a bit but for now let it sink in that Trump has a Twitch channel.

Not only does he have a channel it is verified and has some 72 000 followers. We know that’s low but come on the guy just started and we somehow doubt Trump is fragging the opposition in Fortnite during his downtime.

The Twitch page is rather standard sporting links to Trump’s social channels, links to a shop page and links to volunteer to get the president re-elected.

The account was used to stream a Trump rally held last week Thursday in Minneapolis. According to a report by CNN, the page had just 40 000 followers at the time.

Now, Trump’s choice of platform for streaming is incredibly bizarre given his stance on all things Jeff Bezos.

The president has slammed Bezos and Amazon as well as accused his publication – The Washington Post – of making up news in the past.

There’s also the matter of Twitch’s main export – video games.

Trump is not a fan of video games at all and most recently said that the video games aided in the glorification of violence in America.

Of course Trump isn’t streaming video games but bringing his supporters to a platform where video games and players thrive has us scratching our heads.

Naturally, Trump may just be trying to reach as many people as possible with his Keep America Great re-election campaign and being able to broadcast live to the world is one way to do that.

Of course whether Trump will remain on the platform remains to be seen. Streamers have been kicked off of Twitch for breaking the rules and unlike Facebook, we don’t think Twitch has special rules for politicians and misleading statements.

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Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.