Pog Champ out on Twitch, Streamers react

The Face behind Twitch’s Top emote accused of using social media to spark civil unrest.

Poggers in the chat! Pog Champ one of the top if not the top global emote on Twitch has been removed from the platform as of January 6th. Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez a Professional Street Fighter competitor and commentator was immortalized on the live streaming platform in form of the global emote “Pogchamp” (short for “player of games champ”) in 2012. The emote portrayed an overly excited face of Gootecks which was caught during a video he shot in 2010. Pog champs was used over 2 million times a day according to TwitchEmote.com and was in the top 5 most popular emotes in data presented by Stream Elements.

Gootecks issued a statement via Twitter in response to the recent death of a San Diego woman during the takeover of Capitol Hill on January 6th. Gootecks asked his followers if there would be civil unrest in response to the woman’s death along with offering a place to view the video of the event.

Prominent personalities responded to the tweet lobbying to ban the emote from the platform in an effort spearheaded by Natasha “Zombaekillz” Zinda who has been a known advocate of de-platforming hate. She issued the statement below in a tweet shortly after Gootecks post.

Following the overwhelming response on social media in efforts to ban the emote Twitch pulled it from the platform indefinitely. Twitch issued a statement on Twitter explaining the ban but asked that people continue to use Pog Champ as a part of Twitch culture and noted a new emote would be developed soon.

Prominent content creators immediately chimed in with fresh ideas of how to continue the Pog legacy.

What is next for Pog champs chat?

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