Twitch will replace the PogChamp emote every 24 hours

Starting today, PogChamp is going to look a lot different, and every day after.

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In the follow-up to the PogChamp controversy surrounding Twitch and Ryan 'Gootecks' Gutierrez, the company has announced that they will be replacing the former popular emote with a new version every 24 hours.

We previously reported on the now infamous expression being stripped from the popular live streaming service with speculation on what might come next in this evolving story. Esports commentator Sean "Day9" Plott suggested that Twitch use a random face from a seemingly surprised database every time the emote is used in chat.

It looks like Twitch has taken notice of the idea and is directly referencing it in their decision. For the company to respond to user feedback and take action so quickly is a refreshing change of pace.

It’s a novel idea and one that would highlight the community at large. The wave of a flooded chat can be a great experience for large events such as the ongoing Awesome Games Done Quick. Seeing the masses react in unison to shocking turns in a live stream can be enthralling. When those emotes used are reminders of recent tragic events, it’s time to take a stance.

The actions of Gootecks and those inciting violence and unrest in the cause of hate is unconscionable, and we applaud Twitch for standing up against it. This might be a small thing for a service as dominant as Twitch to implement, but the PogChamp emote is a part of their culture. It’s even grown beyond Twitch and become something of a meme in itself. The community is invested in making the shocked expression their own, and it’s good that this recent negative stigma behind it doesn’t need to perpetuate further. The next time you’re watching a live stream and something incredible happens, feel free to let the PogChamp fly. Keep it locked to Shacknews as this story develops.

Contributing Editor

From the test launch of the NES in New York to 4K gaming in his living room, Bryan Lefler has been immersed in video games his entire life. Battle tested in the arena shooters of the turn of the century yet kind to all animals that may cross him, Bryan enjoys a breadth of games but strives to be the best in any contest of digital skill. He is a former esports competitor and has been part of the Shacknews community for over 15 years. You can also catch him on skankcore64 streams on the Shacknews Twitch channel where he plays through the N64 library.

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    January 8, 2021 10:25 AM

    Bryan Lefler posted a new article, Twitch will replace the PogChamp emote every 24 hours

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      January 8, 2021 10:30 AM

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      January 8, 2021 1:43 PM

      Someone explain the deal with the PogChamp emote to me? I don't really do twitch chat.

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        January 8, 2021 1:49 PM

        It was a funny facial expression from Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez of joy or glee that worked well as an emote, but when the riots when down on the 6th and Gutierrez started going off in support of the riots, Twitch decided to ban the emote, though knowing there would want to be a replacement image for it.

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          January 8, 2021 2:23 PM

          From what I saw in my Twitter feed over the past few months, dude had been on a slippery slope to the far right for a long time. People had been asking for his pic to be removed for a while.

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            January 8, 2021 11:17 PM

            Yeah he’s kind of lost it. Became a covid denier too.

            Too bad- I enjoyed him in the FGC and excellent adventures. It all went downhill when EA ended.

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