Pogchamp emote removed from twitch – Emote caused trouble into racism and internet violence? Read the article and update yourself regarding this issue.
Twitch and Emotes
Twitch is the name of an American live video streaming service provider whose launch date falls on June 6, 2011. Justin Kan and Emmett Shear are its founders who came up with this Amazon subsidiary. This Internet traffic source currently comprises of 3 million broadcasters, 15 million daily active users and 1.4 million average users.
This platform is for contents, streams, talk shows and tournaments that are related to games or Esports. They have 27000 partner channels as of May 2018 and have conducted programs for charitable causes.
Emoticons featured by Twitch are referred to as emotes. These emotes are accessible to all users who have a subscription to the Twitch channel or their partners. They have also increased the emote slots for increasing the number of subscribers.
Pogchamp emote removed from twitch due to racism and internet 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.
— Twitch (@Twitch) January 7, 2021
Pogchamp or Poggers is a famous face in gaming culture that expresses excitement, overjoy or shock. It is the face of Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, a real-life person who is a prominent personality in fighting games. The source of the image is a youtube video featuring him, which came out on 26th November 2010.
After the 2020 elections, Trump supporters called for a violent takeover of the Capitol Hill. They also impeached major political figures. During this chaos, a woman taking part in it passed away as she was shot down and it was caught in a video. Gutierrez encouraged his followers to watch that video and take her as an inspiration to continue the “civil unrest”. This promotion by such a personality was not tolerable by many other top gaming personalities.
They took and demanded strict action by platforms such as Twitch. It was a mutual decision to remove the emote of this particular face that is in Twitch’s pool of global emotes since 2012. On Jan 6th, 2021- Wednesday night, at 9 pm, Twitch removed this 5th most used emote from its platform and services. They said that they will soon put up an emote at that place, which is equally “hype”.
The decision of disabling this emoticon image came to ply with a sense of good conscience. Twitch particularly added a supportive statement on Twitter, mentioning the same. Also, the Twitch community has to follow rules that include the prohibition of violence and use of the platform for other activities. Amidst all this, they also updated their harassment guidelines to ban Confederate flags and politics concerning tweaks.
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