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The Fallen POGchamp

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Ah yes, the infamous POGchamp. A emote that millions look at and share the emotion of excitement and hype. It’s now banned from Twitch. What happened? Here’s everything good and bad about the death of POG.

For the people who don’t know what POGchamp even is, I don’t blame you. I didn’t know it had a name until three weeks ago. So, I’m gonna make this simple. It’s a picture of some guy named Gootecks who’s shocked in this one YouTube video about a fighting game tournament. That’s it. But, of course, somehow through the power of the internet, POGchamp rose up through it all and somehow landed itself on Twitch as one of the official emotes.

So why is it banned? Another simple explanation; the aforementioned Gootecks recently made some tweets supporting the Capitol riots last week and claiming the Corona Virus isn’t real…? Ok buddy. Twitch quickly caught this and made a statement on Twitter and took down the emote forever. Many have said “well most people don’t know who that guy even is” or “just why did they even take it down.” Twitch most likely took it down because from a business perspective, you don’t want the face of a Corona Denier officially tied to your company and brand.

What happens now? It isn’t all bad news regarding the situation. The following day, Twitch announced that every 24 hours, the emote will be replaced by another streamer on the platform making the same POGchamp face. This will be a great opportunity for users of the platform to connect with one another and promote smaller streamers who need the support.

There you have it. The Star Wars saga of POGchamp. Do you think this move by Twitch was smart? Is the new rotation idea good too? Personally, I think this was a good move by Twitch. Seeing the POG of the day will definitely be something users of the platform will enjoy and protects Twitch’s brand. I suppose today, we are all POGchamps. If I have to type that word again I swear…

Ah yes, the infamous POGchamp. A emote that millions look at and share the emotion of excitement and hype. It’s now banned from Twitch. What happened? Here’s everything good and bad about the death of POG.

For the people who don’t know what POGchamp even is, I don’t blame you. I didn’t know it had a name until three weeks ago. So, I’m gonna make this simple. It’s a picture of some guy named Gootecks who’s shocked in this one YouTube video about a fighting game tournament. That’s it. But, of course, somehow through the power of the internet, POGchamp rose up through it all and somehow landed itself on Twitch as one of the official emotes.

So why is it banned? Another simple explanation; the aforementioned Gootecks recently made some tweets supporting the Capitol riots last week and claiming the Corona Virus isn’t real…? Ok buddy. Twitch quickly caught this and made a statement on Twitter and took down the emote forever. Many have said “well most people don’t know who that guy even is” or “just why did they even take it down.” Twitch most likely took it down because from a business perspective, you don’t want the face of a Corona Denier officially tied to your company and brand.

What happens now? It isn’t all bad news regarding the situation. The following day, Twitch announced that every 24 hours, the emote will be replaced by another streamer on the platform making the same POGchamp face. This will be a great opportunity for users of the platform to connect with one another and promote smaller streamers who need the support.

There you have it. The Star Wars saga of POGchamp. Do you think this move by Twitch was smart? Is the new rotation idea good too? Personally, I think this was a good move by Twitch. Seeing the POG of the day will definitely be something users of the platform will enjoy and protects Twitch’s brand. I suppose today, we are all POGchamps. If I have to type that word again I swear…