Call of Duty has removed a branded skin bundle after the streamer the skins were based on made a controversial comment that was widely seen as anti-LGBTQ+.
Nicholas ‘Nickmercs’ Kolcheff is a Twitch streamer with almost 7 million subscribers on the platform, and over 2.5 million subscribers on Instagram, and is one of the founders of the FaZe Clan professional esports organisation.
Last week, anti-LGBTQ+ protestors attacked pro-LGBTQ+ demonstrators outside a school in California, as it was holding a board debate about recognising Pride month in June at the school.
First of all, I forgot that Call of Duty still existed, but I shouldn’t have. More than ten years ago it had a well deserved reputation as a garbage series that churned out new installments yearly to soak the customers. I assumed that ploy would eventually run out, but apparently it’s still going strong.
Secondly, it should be assumed that, contrary to the bloviation of the WMD Liars, the antifas attacked the normal people, because that’s what they always do. Furthermore, NickMercs’ comment simply reflects the opinion of the vast majority. People are extremely tired of these privileged perverts, who go around pushing their AIDS on children at every opportunity they get.
Kolcheff was called out for repeating what many felt was queerphobic rhetoric, and the comment caught the attention of publisher Activision.
“Due to recent events, we have removed the ‘NICKMERCS Operator’ bundle from the Modern Warfare II and Warzone store,” a tweet from the official Call of Duty Twitter account reads. “We are focused on celebrating PRIDE with our employees and our community.”
How was NickMercs rewarded for speaking on behalf of the silent (vast) majority? He had his in-game merchandise removed from the store.
To state the obvious, this is a money-losing ploy from (((Activision-Blizzard))) and CEO (((Bobby Kotick))). This makes NickMercs more popular, not less. The situation is similar to that of Russian NHL player Ivan Provorov. He refused to wear the AIDS decal on his Jersey, only to see his jersey become the number one selling jersey in the entire NHL, despite him being just a standard top 4 defenseman.
But big businesses don’t care about maximizing profit. They are in winner take all markets, or oligopolies controlled by (((Blackrock))), (((State Street))), or (((Vanguard Capital))). Forcing AIDS down their customers’ collective throat is par for the course, and they’re perfectly willing to eat some losses to do so.
On a stream afterwards, he said that he “didn’t mean to upset anybody” but added that “I’m not apologising about the tweet, I don’t feel like it’s wrong,” and said that he wouldn’t delete it. The tweet is still up, and he followed it up by tweeting: “Ain’t no hate in this heart.”
Good for NickMercs.
Fans have started boycotting Call of Duty after Activision removed the virtual skin of popular streamer Nickmercs. The publisher removed his skin bundle after he tweeted about a Pride incident that was interpreted as anti-LGBTQ+.
There were comments both in favor and against the removal. Dr. Disrespect, another popular streamer with millions of followers, said he would uninstall Call of Duty in response to Activision removing the skin.
It’s not a light matter for Activision to remove the skin for one streamer, as Nickmercs and TimTheTatMan were the only ones given skins so far. Nickmercs built a reputation for loud and funny streams where he showed amazing skill at the game. He has played Warzone on stream for over 2,500 hours and has recorded 108,000 hours of viewership for the title. His stream peaked at 371,000 concurrent viewers during a 2022 new map reveal stream — the most ever for the franchise. He also won the first-ever Warzone 2 match during Activision’s reveal.
I don’t think that I have ever watched a stream other than RandBot’s, and one episode of Kino Casino. I think streaming, especially for video games, is absolute garbage even in an apolitical sense. But even I know that this guy must have been huge to be getting 371,000 concurrent viewers. Yet more evidence, as if any were needed, of this absolutely not being done for the bottom line as far as (((Activision))) is concerned. Here we have a popular personality, who is also very skilled at the game, and brings many eyeballs to the scene. And Activision dropped him because pushing Monkeypox to kids is more important than shareholder profit, because big business is totally fake.
Above we see Dr. Disrespect’s video where he announces that he’ll be uninstalling Call of Duty’s newest installment, Warzone.
I of course, fully support this. As do the peasants in the comment section, even if their arguments have the faint whiff of consubversatism. You can’t hold it against people when they’ve been told that the way to express their natural desire is by whining about “wokeness,” and Activision not being patriotic enough about D-Day.
I don’t like calling these people “conservatives.” The reality is that they’re just normal people, and have the opinions that normal people have. Ever since the very successful boycott campaign against Bud Light, normies have gotten it into their heads that they should do this to corporations whenever they can, and have also moved to hitting Target.
Online games aren’t nearly as competitive a market as beer, but this will undoubtedly hurt Activision’s bottom line to some extent. Then again, it’s not like (((Bobby Kotick))) didn’t already know that.
Whatever happens, I wish them all the best. They’re picking the right targets, no pun intended, even if the ultimate solution is for them to support politicians who will use the Government against them, instead of their individual consumer power, which is of very limited utility.