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PogChamp

PogChamp refers to an emote, a small image used in chats on the video game streaming platform Twitch, used to express shock, surprise, or excitement.

PogChamp (Pog, Poggers, etc) is most known as a Twitch emote that has found its way onto other forms of media such as Twitter or YouTube.

In 2012, the world was blessed with the first unveiling of the PogChamp emote. While the face had come from the bloopers video, the name has another meaning. A promo video made by Gootecks and Mad Catz featured them playing a game of "Pogs" and winning due to dropping a joystick on the stack of Pogs. This would give PogChamp it's name. Ever since then, its been used to express excitement to spam on someone's twitch chat.

Multiple "imitations" have arose based off of the hit Twitch emote. A browser extension named, "BetterTTV" has a couple of emotes based off of the popular frog Pepe (A popular cartoon drawing of a frog, typically associated with 4chan). One of these included Poggers, which is a flipped version of the PogChamp emote and replaced Gootecks with a drawing of Pepe doing the expression.

More, specific incidents also come from the word Pog. Popular Minecraft Twitch streamer (and businessman) TommyInnit has an inside joke with his fans about apples, in which one of his Twitch moderators made the ApplePog emote and coined the phrase, "Apples, am I right, chat?" "Pog" became one of the most used words in Tommy's Twitch streams and would say, "Pog" at any given moment. Other, even more obscure Pog variations came from this, including OnionPog and BreadPog.

It is also said that Mike Ross, one of the other people in the iconic video that birthed the PogChamp, is the only person in the world to ever have a different viewpoint of Gootecks' face.

Gootecks is a the Internet series CrossCounterTV and the Excellent Adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross, in the face of the emote it self was shown in the video cross counter blooper with gootecks and mike ross. Goottecks was known as an excellent gamer from south Carolina, even though its most known as a twitch emote, it originated from the website 4chan.

PogChamp. POG meaning "play of game" - and - champ meaning champion. Often used in video games that are competitive.

PogChamp refers to an emote, a small image used in chats on the video game streaming platform Twitch, used to express shock, surprise, or excitement.

The chat feature on Twitch uses small images called emotes in the same way that other social media platforms use emoji or emoticons. These include the standard illustrated faces, but also photographs of faces of the software developers behind the program and notable streamers. Users can simply type the name of the desired emote into the chat bar and the program will display the image.

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PogChamp - Dictionary.com

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March 1, 2018

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Jay Peters
February 12, 2021
The Verge
The Twitch community voted to crown a new face for PogChamp -- and the winner turned out to be the beloved KomodoHype emote.
Bijan Stephen
January 13, 2021
The Verge
Three days after Twitch's PogChamp experiment began, Omega "CriticalBard" Jones, a partnered Black streamer, took his turn as the face of the global emote. The racist harassment came almost immediately.
Bijan Stephen
January 8, 2021
The Verge
Twitch removed its popular PogChamp emote a couple of days ago after the person on which it was based -- Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez -- posted tweets encouraging more mob violence after the riot at the Capitol.
USA TODAY
January 7, 2021
USA TODAY
Twitch deleted the PogChamp emote after the person depicted in the image encouraged "further violence" after a mob broke into the U.S. Capitol.
Makena Kelly
January 7, 2021
The Verge
Twitch banned the popular PogChamp emote Wednesday after the person depicted in it published tweets encouragin additional violence at the US Capitol.

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