Twitch banned the popular PogChamp emote after his face, Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, encouraged violence. “We made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote encouraging further violence after what happened in the Capitol today,” Twitch tweeted. “We want the feeling and use of Pog to endure – its meaning is much greater than the person portrayed or the image itself – and it has a big place in Twitch culture. However, we cannot in good conscience continue to allow the use of the image. “
Gutierrez, a Street Fighter player who became the literal face emote PogChamp, posted tweets apparently calling for “civil unrest” following the death of a woman on Capitol Hill yesterday. Last night, pro-Trump individuals stormed the Capitol building, forcing members of Congress and the Senate to evacuate and delay certification of President-elect Joe Biden.