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Twitch Removes Legacy Emote Pogchamp As Gootecks Lionizes Dangerous Domestic Terrorists

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In a major move from the streaming platform, announced today that they will be removing the Pogchamp emote from their platform. This comes after comments inciting violence after today's terrorist attack at the capital in Washington D.C. by the man whose face is featured in the emote, Ryan Gutierrez.

For those that do not know, Pogchamp is an emote used in Twitch chats to express shock, surprise, or excitement. The origin of the emote comes from a Cross Counter TV video from 2010 which features fighting game player Ryan Gutierrez, better known as Gootecks.

It features Gooteks making a surprised face and the moment became iconic in the world of competitive gaming and was added as an official Twitch emote in 2012. As of January 2020, the emote has a reported usage of over half a million times per day on average making it one of the most popular emotes on the site.

Today after a domestic terrorist attack on the capital, Gootecks released this statement on Twitter. "Will there be civil unrest for the woman who was executed inside the Capitol today or will the #MAGAMartyr die in vain? The video will be aired soon on (banned dot video) & (theresistance dot video) and it sounds pretty gruesome."

This was taken as inciting further violence at the capital and as a result, Twitch removed the famous emote on the platform. "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." Twitch said in a Tweet. "However, we can't in good conscience continue to enable use of the image."

There is no word yet on if his status with Cross CounterTV will be seeking to cut ties with Gutierrez over his recent comments. Twitch does seem to have plans to replace the emote commenting, "We will work with the community to design a new emote for the most hype moments on Twitch."