Twitch banned the popular PogChamp emote on Wednesday after the person depicted in it posted tweets “encouraging further violence” following a riot in the US Capitol.
“We made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote from the emote’s face after statements encouraging further violence after today’s Capitol event,” Twitch said in a statement on Wednesday evening. “We want the feeling and use of Pog to live on – its meaning is far greater than the person or image it depicts – and it has a big place in Twitch culture. However, we cannot continue to allow the image to be used in good conscience. “
We made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote after statements made on the emote’s face encouraged further violence after what happened at the Capitol today.
– Twitch (@Twitch) January 7, 2021
The PogChamp emote is one of the oldest on Twitch and is widely used by viewers to show excitement in stream chats. PogChamp or “Pogger” has become synonymous with gaming culture and streaming platforms like Twitch due to its popularity. “Poggers”, the shortened version of the emote, has emerged as a general meme in recent years that expresses its surprise.
Twitch’s decision to ban PogChamp was made after the face depicted in the emote, professionally Street fighter Player Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez tweeted Wednesday asking if more “riots” would take place after a woman was shot dead in the Capitol. Early Wednesday Pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol delaying a vote to confirm the 2020 election results.
“We will work with the community to create a new emote for most of the hype moments on Twitch,” Twitch said on Twitter on Wednesday.