Hoping to generate interest in the upcoming congressional election, students at Claremont McKenna College in Los Angeles have created an online fantasy game, similar to online sports games where players choose teams of real players and tally up points based on performance.
In the game, lawmakers are ranked based on the progress of their proposed legislation, picking up points on its journey to possibly getting passed into law.
"If people cared about politics as much as they care about sports, we'd have a better democracy," said Lee, who described himself as "obsessed with politics."
"Congress needs to know that young people are watching them, just as they watch sports teams and athletes." said Andrew Lee, a senior at Claremont McKenna College and one of the game's creators
The creators don't expect "Fantasy Congress" to be quite as popular as online sports gaming where nearly 37 million people spent an average of 50 minutes per week at work managing their fantasy teams. But Lee said he does hope that the game will inspire more young people to become lawmakers.
"It would be better if we had more kids who wanted to be members of Congress. It's just not exciting. We're hoping to make it more exciting for them," Lee told Reuters.