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Twitch removes PogChamp emote from streaming service and issues statement

Posted by Jon 'Catalyst' Grey • January 6, 2021 at 7:09 p.m. PST • Comments: 237

Today, Twitch said on Twitter that they would be removing the PogChamp emote from their streaming service.

This emote was a screen capture of Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez, who posted remarks on his Twitter account about what took place in the Capitol today.

Twitch plans on working with their community of users to come up with another emote for their users to replicate the hype that many people associated with the PogChamp image.

You can find Twitch's entire statement below.

Twitch's statement

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.

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