Twitch Selects a Permanent Replacement for Its ‘PogChamp’ Emote-news

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Twitch has selected a new image to replace its iconic PogChamp emote: a Komodo dragon.

As The Verge reports, Twitch removed the original emote on Jan. 6. That day, pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, and Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez—who inspired the PogChamp emote—made inflammatory comments about the attack on Twitter.

“We’ve made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote encouraging further violence after what took place in the Capitol today,” Twitch said at the time. “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. However, we can’t in good conscience continue to enable use of the image.”

At first, Twitch rotated out different streamers’ faces each day. Then it allowed users to vote on the permanent design change on Feb. 12 via a Twitch stream. That’s when the komodo dragon secured a win as the new PogChamp.

The dragon’s face was already available as part of Twitch’s emote set under the “KomodoHype” handle. Now, it’ll be the iconic mouth-open, wide grin that expresses excitement or joy.


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