Following the recent news of Twitch discouraging its content creators and streamers from posting violence-inducing content related to the Capitol Hill protests and breach, the livestream platform also made the decision to remove its most-famous emote from its service.
We are referring to the PogChamp emote. This is due to statements from the face of the emote, one Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez who is renowned for being a fighting game player and personality as well as for the CrossCounter TV video channel on YouTube.
His recent tweet is “encouraging further violence after what took place in the Capitol today”; he posted a banned video of a Capitol Police firing a shot at an unarmed woman carrying a Trump flag who also happened to be part of the breach.
Warning: this is graphic, but it’s important for everyone to see this video because we don’t know how it will try to be spun or suppressed and she gave her life for our country. 🇺🇸
— gootecks (@gootecks) January 6, 2021
The full quote from Twitch is below (via Twitter):
“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.
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. We will work with the community to design a new emote for the most hype moments on Twitch.”
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 (@Twitch) January 7, 2021