The United States of America witnessed a historical violence on January 6th, 2021. A large group of Donald Trump’s supporters raided the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. and drove the country to chaos. The world is a strange place, and there are people who encourage violence and live in that space. Unfortunately, the face behind one of the most-used Twitch emotes Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez was among those who propagated the brutality yesterday. As the result of this action, Twitch decided to remove his emote, the “PogChamp” emote, from the platform.
Twitch’s statement came just after the incident. “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.” Twitch said. The tweet received thousands of interactions in a quite short time, and most of the community backed up the decision.
The PogChamp emote had been a part of Twitch since 2012 and was among the most-used emotes on the platform. According to the statistics, it’s used around 2 million times a day on Twitch. “We want the sentiment and use of Pog to live on,” Twitch said. “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.”
PogChamp was the definition of excitement in stream chats. Viewers were using it when streamers took incredible frags or performed a good move, and now it’s been disabled.
Twitch is currently looking for a solution to replace the emote, as it said, “We will work with the community to design a new emote for the most hype moments on Twitch.” It looks like replacing someone else’s face into the emote is the strongest option on the table.
To see the tweet from Gootecks which led to PogChamp’s removal from Twitch, click here. Viewer discretion advised.