Twitch Reveals How It Will Replace the PogChamp Emote
In the wake of removing the PogChamp emote earlier this week, Twitch will instead have a new face for the popular emote every day.
While known as one of the most popular emotes among the entire Twitch community, the “PogChamp” emote took a hiatus this week in the wake of the riots that took place at the US Capitol. On Wednesday, Twitch announced that it would remove the emote after its face (streamer Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez) shared a tweet that was encouraging “further violence after what took place,” with the company detailing how the spirit of PogChamp can live on in a new way.
Over on Twitter, Twitch gave a look at how it will approach designating a new PogChamp emote for users. Upon the suggestion of Sean Plott (aka esports commentator and host Day9), Twitch will be featuring a new face for the PogChamp emote every 24 hours, with the emote traditionally being used to show excitement and reacting to hype moments.
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. https://t.co/R16EyASsFx
— Twitch (@Twitch) January 8, 2021
Following the removal of the original PogChamp emote (which was first suggested by streamer ZombaeKills), Twitch noted that it wanted “the sentiment and use of Pog to live on” given its “big place in Twitch culture.” In response, many on social media began sharing their suggestions for streamers and content creators that could be the new face of the PogChamp emote.
By highlighting Plott’s tweet, it seems that Twitch saw this as the best possible solution to continue the use of the PogChamp emote among the streaming community while also providing the chance to highlight a diverse array of streamers and content creators, rather than tying the emote to one person. As Kotaku noted, the first new PogChamp emote today is Kenny “UnRoolie” McWild, a prominent fighting game streamer.
— Kenny McWild❼ (@unrooolie) January 7, 2021