Today, Twitch let viewers vote for a new permanent Pogchamp emote. A lizard used. Honestly, it was inevitable.
KomodoHype first had to be Pogchamp for a day last month as part of the periodically disastrous Pogchamp-a-day campaign which led us to this point, as Twitch decided to run after the original face of the popular emoticon, Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez encouraged further “civil unrest” following the uprising at the Capitol building. KomodoHype had two (out of four) legs up in the competition: 1) It’s a lizard, rather than a human, and 2) story.
As I wrote last month, when KomodoHype briefly became the non-permanent face of the Pogchamp emo:
But like so many other items in Twitch, this emoticon has a history. Meme history. KomodoHype has been around for more than half a decade, and one of the long-standing jokes around it imagines a war between supporters of Pogchamp and supporters of KomodoHype, since the two emotions more or less achieve the same thing.
Members of the Twitch community remembered KomodoHype before the deposed Pogchamp patriarch Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez fell into the conspiracy hole, so of course, when Twitch announced that it would give Gutierrez the face boot, many Twitch users suggested replacing it with KomodoHype If recent usage statistics (via Dot Esports) is something to go on, very many also started using it instead of Pogchamp. But no one actually thought it would substitute Pogchamp.
Twitch users now welcome KomodoHype’s total dominance with cheers of “We won!” Some even go so far as to ask KomodoHype to permanently take Pogchamp’s place. As a long-term solution, this makes sense. After all, a photoshopped lizard can probably not pull a milkshake duck or be bombarded with harassment. It’s about as controversial as you can get.
At that time, KomodoHype did not become the new permanent Pogchamp, but some time and a fan voice later, here we are. This saves Twitch from having to do it one way or another may be do something to reduce another harassment campaign, so I’m sure it’s grateful. It’s a shame that Twitch was not able to use the removal of someone who supported conspiracy theories evoked by white supremacists as a springboard to improve representation on the platform – albeit only in a small way – but Twitch eventually proved that It is not ready for it. That (and everything else around Pogchamp) in mind, maybe it’s time to reconsider the use of making real people official, platform width emotions in general.