Twitch has decided to remove the PogChamp emote following a controversial statement from its creator.
PogChamp was an emote used on the streaming platform Twitch. Twitch users used the emote to express joy, excitement, and sometimes shock. The emote is of a streamer called Ryan Gutierrez with a surprised expression. It originates from a behind the scenes footage of a video posted on Gutierrez’s YouTube channel back on November 26, 2010. Twitch added the emote to their website in 2012.
Recently Twitch decided to remove the PogChamp emote because the face of the emote Ryan Gutierrez apparently tried to incite violence.
PogChamp Emote removed from Twitch:
Ryan Gutierrez, the face of the PogChamp emote recently posted a Tweet about the recent situation and protest going on in the United States of America.
Twitch deemed this Tweet as inciting violence and has decided to remove the PogChamp emote because of this. Twitch said,
“We’ve made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote encouraging further violence after what took place in the Capitol today.”
In a follow-up comment, Twitch mentioned that they want the sentiment and the use of Pog to live on. According to Twitch the image of Gutierrez is the problem.
“We want the sentiment and use of Pog to live on – its meaning is much bigger than the person depicted or image itself– and it has a big place in Twitch culture. However, we can’t in good conscience continue to enable use of the image.”
Twitch will work with the community to come up with a new design that will replace the PogChamp emote. But as of now, the PogChamp is banned from Twitch.
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