Twitch wastes no time coming up with a new PogChamp emote

Out with the old, in with the new

It didn’t take Twitch long to find a new PogChamp emote. The wildly successful streaming platform has announced that it will be rolling out a new PogChamp emote every 24 hours. That starts today.

The face that users will see today is of Twitch mainstay and content creator unrooolie. Tomorrow, get ready for a new face. All Twitch users will have access to PogChamp each day as it is filed under “global emote”.

For the unitiated, PogChamp is used by Twitch users when they want to make it clear that something has surprised them, delighted them, or completely blown their freakin’ minds.

Traditionally it has featured the face of Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, as captured in a 2010 blooper reel. A Tweet by Gutierrez this week however got Twitch thinking that things had to change immediately.

The Street Fighter pro was among those tuned into the MAGA hordes storming the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. And when one of the red-hat brigade died after being shot by police, he Tweeted the following: “Will there be civil unrest for the woman who was executed inside the Capitol today or will the #MAGAMartyr die in vain?”

Given Twitter has been hypersensitive about Tweets that are seen as inflaming an already volatile political climate in America, it was no shocker that Twitch jumped into action by dealing with the Gutierrez PogChamp.

Gutierrez PogChamp removed

The platform announced that it was removing Gutierrez’s PogChamp emote immediately, as the gamer seemed to be encouraging violence. It also stated that it would reach out to the Twitch community to come up with a replacement.

No time frame was given for rolling out a new PogChamp. But Twitch seemed to embrace the challenge of coming up with a replacement immediately rather than overthinking it.

In announcing the new one-day lifecycle of PogChamps it stated this on Twitter: “You know what? In the spirit of figuring out 2021 together, let’s just roll with it for now!

“Get ready for a new PogChamp every 24 hours, starting today.”

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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