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Twitch removes the popular 'Pogchamp' emote after tweets from its star

By Tim Augustin - on 8 Jan 2021, 11:05am

Twitch removes the popular 'Pogchamp' emote after tweets from its star

Image: Ryan 'Gootecks' Gutierrez

Twitch has announced that one of the website’s most popular emotes, Pogchamp, has been removed from the livestreaming service entirely. According to Twitch, the emote was removed after its face, Ryan ‘Gootecks’ Gutierrez encouraged, “further violence after what took place in the Capitol today.”

An insurgency took place earlier today in the United States’ Capitol Hill, after electoral votes for Joe Biden went through the process of receiving legislative confirmation, further cementing him as the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election. Supporters of President Trump rushed into Capitol Hill and occupied the building for a brief time. According to NBC, improvised explosives were found on the Capitol grounds too. 

Image: Twitter

At this point, Gutierrez tweeted about one of the rioters who had been shot and killed inside the Capitol, appearing to call for more ‘civil unrest’ on her behalf. He also mentioned a video recorded of her passing, telling his followers where it can be viewed. Twitch was quick to remove the emote from their website afterwards, tweeting out a statement:

Twitch also mentioned that they, “want the sentiment and use of Pog to live on.” The livestreaming service will work with the community to design a new emote to replace it, given its popularity. ‘Pogchamp’ was the fifth most-used expression on the entire website after all, going so far as to spawn merchandise.