Twitch Removes PogChamp Emote After Divisive Tweet About Capitol Riots

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The popular PogChamp Emote has been removed after Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, the man the emote is based on, tweeted out some controversial statements regarding the recent riots at the U.S. Capitol. After hundreds of pro-Trump supporters stormed the building, Gutierrez tweeted:

After Gutierrez encouraged fans to watch the video of the woman who was shot during the riot, many streamers began banning the use of the PogChamp Emote from their streams and requested Twitch to remove it from their platform, with streamer Natasha “Zombaekillz” Zinda leading the charge.

After pleading with the company, Twitch removed the emote from the website and released the following statement on Twitter and other social media platforms:

Gutierrez has been a controversial figure on Twitch, with the streamer being accused of using his platform to spread conspiracy theories. Kotaku noted one incident where Gutierrez said, “why a growing number of people believe that Bill Gates is involved in a covert population-control scheme involving vaccines.”

Additionally, Twitch will “work with the community” in creating a new emote to replace the PogChamp one.

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