Pogchamp, one of the most famous faces in gaming culture, has been removed from the live streaming service Twitch. announced the company. The decision was made in the light of his real face and fought against the game personality Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, who used social media to encourage “further violence after what happened at the Capitol today,” according to Twitch.
In a short time Many top gaming personalities have announced that they either banned the big-eyed emote from their channels if they didn’t ask the platform itself, Twitch, to take action.
At 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night, the San Francisco-based company did just that. Users can no longer use the emote for the service. Polygon reached out to Twitch for a comment, and a representative pointed out the comments made on Twitter. According to Twitch Tracking Service StreamElements, PogChamp was the fifth most common expression on the live streaming page. In recognition of that legacy, the company said that while PogChamp is a huge part of the Twitch culture, the platform cannot in good conscience “enable the image to be used.” Twitch added that it would work with the community to come up with something that would replace the previous PogChamp emote with something that would also be considered “hype”.
We want the feel and use of Pog to live on – its meaning is much bigger than the person or image it depicts – and it has a huge place in Twitch culture. However, we cannot continue to allow the image to be used with a clear conscience.
– Twitch (@Twitch) January 7, 2021
Gutierrez made the news earlier on the spread of conspiracy theories. Twitch’s own community guidelines prohibit violence, including using platforms outside of the live streaming service to promote it. In late 2020, Twitch updated its harassment policy to ban the Confederate flag, as well as a few other changes to policy on duty.