Following the removal of the PogChamp emote from Twitch, some fans have been petitioning to have the late streamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein as the new face of PogChamp as a tribute to his memory.
Pogchamp has become a worldwide used emote when it was implemented into Twitch in 2012. The emote featured the face of Ryan ‘Gootecks’ Gutierrez, taken from an outtake of one of his videos from back in 2010.
On January 6th 2021 Twitch announced that they will be taking the PogChamp emote off of Twitch due to the tweet he out out about the protest happing in the US right now, Twitch deemed it “encouraging further violence.”
Though viewers were shocked, the company did state that “we will work with the community to design a new emote for the most hype moments on Twitch.”
I diddnt take super long for fans to start guessing who the next face of PogChamp was going to be and one name many felt drawn to was Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein who sadly passed away in July 2020.
Viewers start petition for new PogChamp face
“For that reason, Twitch users have started a petition to make Byron the new face of PogChamp, saying “As PogChamp has been removed, honoring what Reckful did for Twitch by making him a global emote in replacement for PogChamp would satisfy those who have been asking for a global emote since his passing and be a good new face for the emote.”
Signers agreed with the sentiment, writing, “please make it happen, Reckful was such an important person on Twitch and his memory should be immortalized with a global emote.”