Activision reportedly removes the skin of another streamer from COD (Call of Duty). This action was carried out by Activision in complying with the request of TimTheTatman to have his skin in the game removed in solidarity with streamer Nickmercs.
Activision Removes Skin of Streamer
Activision has now taken away another skin of a streamer (from a game, and not their body). TimTheTatman, who as you should know is a prominent streamer on Call of Duty, who asked to have his operator bundle removed from Call of Duty in support of his friend Nickmercs, whose skin was taken away in the previous week after he made homophobic comments. “At Tim’s request, we have removed the TimTheTatman operator bundle from the Modern Warfare II and the Warzone store,” Activision spokesperson Neil Wood in an email to The Verge wrote.
TimTheTatman, who has named Nickmercs as a long-time friend, tweeted that it “felt wrong” for him to still have skin in the games (Call of Duty) when Nickmercs didn’t and then requested that Activision remove his skin too. “In support of my friend, please remove the TimTheTatman bundle,” he made a tweet. Another FPS streamer on the platform, Dr. Disrespect, also expressed his solidarity with Nickmercs simply by uninstalling Call of Duty during a recent stream.
Another Extraction Shooter Game in Development
(It is also notable that Dr Disrespect, who was once temporarily banned from Twitch for streaming from a public bathroom before being banned permanently for mysterious reasons, is at the moment developing his very own extraction shooter that would very much likely be in competition with Call of Duty: Warzone.)
All of this has happened just after Nickmercs made a comment that invoked a homophobic dogwhistle that bigoted people on the platform have repeated for a very long time: that anything LGBTQ+ related is relatively harmful to and should be kept away from children.
Nickmercs Has Apologized For His Comments
After the skin of the streamer was removed, Nickmercs then apologized to people whose feelings might have been hurt but however affirmed that he was not apologizing for, nor taking down, the offending tweet. In a tweet published on Friday, he stated that he “had no hate in his heart” and also thanked the people supporting him. (Some of his supporters however have left comments on social media referring to LGBTQ+ people, as groomers and pedophiles for pointing out exactly just how Nickmercs’ seemingly innocuous words, “leave little children alone,” have been reportedly twisted into a homophobic dogwhistle.)
Similar Issues Faced By Blizzard
It seems very much possible that Activision might forgo making skins that are based on real people in the future. This is a lesson the Blizzard side of the company has learned a couple of times before, removing a World of Warcraft NPC that is based on a former employee that was accused of sexual harassment, renaming an Overwatch character, and even removing a skin that was developed for an Overwatch League player that was accused of sexual assault.
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