Twitch, the world's leading live streaming platform for gamers, has removed “PogChamp” emote from the site (emotes on Twitch). This action was taken after Ryan Gootecks Gutierrez tweet, the gamer depicted on the emote, tweeted about the riot at Washington DC.
According to Twitch, Ryan's tweet encouraged further violence. "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.
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Twitch’s words: "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 the use of the image," said Twitch in a tweet on Wednesday.
Twitch allows users around the world to chat with each other while playing their favorite games. PogChamp emote was formerly a picture used by streamers to celebrate when a player accomplished a great feat. 'Pog' stands for 'Play of the Game' and after it's been removed from the site, that moment was dubbed a 'Pog moment.'
The PogChamp emote has been around on the streaming platform since 2011. The picture on the emote was captured during a video for a YouTube Channel called Cross Counter TV in 2010. So, what happened was, during one of the outtakes, a man who was off-screen bumped into the camera while it was still filming. The camera also Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez's hilarious response to the incident. It was a rather comical expression that later became a part of the iconic emote.
The PogChamp emote can't match any other emote in popularity, but what's sad is that people have discovered that Ryan actually holds many extremist beliefs.
These views surfaced in Ryan's words today, showing the world the gamer's true colors when he commented on the insurrection by far-right extremists on the Capitol. Along with his tweet saying that the female rioter would die in vain if the supporter didn't engage in further political violence, Ryan shared a graphic video of the shooting as well.
What happened in Washington, DC, is truly scary. Pro-rump rioters descended on the Capitol building on Wednesday to disrupt the Congressional certification of the newly-elected President Joe Biden's Electoral College.
As the rioters stormed the building, it seemed like a scene right out of a Hollywood movie. They were able to gain access to some of the offices and it was complete chaos. The rioters had actually gathered at the National Mall. They were protesting against the election results in a campaign-style rally. About half an hour later, a mob broke through the police lines and marched towards the Capitol building.
It was later revealed by the Washington D.C's Metropolitan Police Department that 4 people had died in this violent incident. One of the fatalities is a woman who was shot by Capitol Police; the other three include two men and a woman who died because of medical emergencies. The Police have made 52 arrests, out of which 26 were made on the U.S. Capitol grounds.
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It was a sad day for the police department as well, as 14 officers were injured. The statement by the police says that they also recovered two pipe bombs from the demonstrators.
The FBI has launched an investigation with the aim to identify the unlawful individuals who participated in violent activity. They are seeking the public's help for the investigation and an online form has been released for any information related to the rioters.
After assessing the gravity of the situation, many gaming personalities on Twitch announced that they were banning the PogChamp emote from their channels. After this, the streaming platform took the decision of removing the emote from the site. Twitch also acknowledged that the PogChamp emote was indeed a big part of the site's culture and that's why it plans to find a way to make sure that the sentiment of 'Pog' lives on. "We will work with the community to design a new emote for the most hype moments on Twitch," said Twitch in a statement.
Time and again, we've seen Twitch make some disappointing decisions but this time, the platform has made the absolutely correct decision. We're so disgusted with what Ryan tried to instigate today but we're glad that Twitch was aware enough to make the right call in the situation. This action deserves a million heart emotes from us in the chat.
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