Update 6/10/23: In a recent statement, popular streamer Timthetatman expressed his support for his friend Nickmercs, who had his bundle removed from Call of Duty. Timthetatman stated that it felt wrong for him to still have his bundle while Nickmercs no longer had his. In a gesture of solidarity, Timthetatman requested the removal of his own bundle as well. This move by Timthetatman highlights the strong bond between the two streamers and their shared experiences in the world of Call of Duty.
.@NICKMERCS has been my friend for years- we went in getting our CoD operators together.
It feels wrong for me to have mine and him no longer have his. In support of my friend, please remove the timthetatman bundle@CallofDuty
— timthetatman👑 (@timthetatman) June 10, 2023
The gaming community was recently embroiled in controversy when popular Twitch streamer NICKMERCS made a tweet that ignited a firestorm of backlash. As a result, Activision took swift action and removed the NICKMERCS MFAM Operator Bundle from Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0. This incident has raised questions about the consequences of public statements made by influencers and the company’s stance on promoting inclusivity.
The Controversial Tweet
NICKMERCS commented on an incident involving anti-LGBTQ+ protestors and pro-LGBTQ+ demonstrators outside a school board meeting.
In his tweet, he stated, “They should leave little children alone. That’s the real issue.” This statement received an overwhelmingly negative reaction from the gaming community, with many interpreting it as an anti-gay message.
They should leave little children alone. That’s the real issue.
— FaZe Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) June 7, 2023
In response to the outrage, NICKMERCS clarified his stance during a stream, stating that it was not his intention to spread hate or discriminate against anyone. He emphasized that his tweet was misunderstood and urged his fans to understand that he does not hate individuals based on their sexual orientation.
Removal of the Operator Bundle
Following the tweet controversy, Activision discreetly removed the NICKMERCS MFAM Operator Bundle from the in-game store. The company later confirmed this decision, citing “recent events” and expressing their commitment to celebrating PRIDE with their employees and the community. The removal of the bundle has sparked mixed reactions, with some supporting the decision while others expressing uncertainty about the fate of those who already purchased it.
Due to recent events, we have removed the “NICKMERCS Operator” bundle from the Modern Warfare II and Warzone store. We are focused on celebrating PRIDE with our employees and our community.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) June 9, 2023
Unknown Consequences and Possible Precedent
As of now, it remains unclear whether Activision’s removal of the NICKMERCS bundle is a temporary or permanent action. Furthermore, it is uncertain if existing owners of the bundle will be affected by this decision. The incident draws comparisons to a previous situation involving the Overwatch League, where a player’s in-game skin was altered and refunds were offered following allegations of misconduct. It remains to be seen whether Activision will follow a similar course of action.
The removal of the NICKMERCS MFAM Operator Bundle from Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0 due to the tweet controversy has highlighted the influence and impact of public statements made by gaming influencers. Activision’s decision to remove the bundle reflects their commitment to celebrating inclusivity and promoting positive values within their community. The incident also raises questions about the long-term consequences of such controversies and the potential precedent set by the actions of game developers and publishers.