Twitch recently grabbed headlines after they decided to remove the beloved PogChamp emote from their platform, following inflammatory remarks made by creator Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez on the US Capitol violence.
The face of the emote for several years, Gootecks recently came in for criticism after his tweets inciting civil unrest came in for harsh criticism online.
Owing to the controversial nature of his statements, Twitch decided to remove the PogChamp emote from their platform in order to maintain the spirit of "good conscience":
As the streaming community duked it out online over the utility of this monumental decision, popular Minecraft streamer TommyInnit recently responded by calling it "a terrible day for mankind":
Known for his frequent usage of the PogChamp emote, soon after TommyInnit's tweet went viral online, several fans began to petition for him to take over as the new face of PogChamp on Twitch.
Twitter suggests TommyInnit's name as the new face of the PogChamp emote on Twitch
PogChamp is one of the oldest and most popular emotes on Twitch, and it is used by millions across the globe in chats to convey excitement, hype and as a symbol of classic meme material.
The emote first made its appearance back in 2010, where the creator, Gootecks, made an exaggerated wide-eyed and open-mouthed expression during a Cross Counter TV video.
Since then the PogChamp emote has gone on to become synonymous with the streaming community, who were recently shocked to find out that one of their favourite emotes had been removed from Twitch.
With Twitch working on designing an all-new PogChamp emote, fans recently suggested TommyInnit's name as the adequate replacement, given his conspicuous love for the emote.
Here are some of the reactions online, as fans "sympathized" with TommyInnit, whose chat is often known to be replete with a barrage of PogChamp emotes:
As more and more people continue to suggest TommyInnit's name as the new face of PogChamp, it remains to be seen who Twitch ultimately ends up selecting as the face of a new and revamped PogChamp emote.
Published 07 Jan 2021, 20:26 IST