‘Call Of Duty’ Removes Player Option When Streamer Criticized LGBTQ Agenda: ‘Leave Little Children Alone’
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High-profile Twitch streamer “Nickmercs,” whose real name is Nicholas Kolcheff, became so popular on the video game Call of Duty that the company gave him his own operator skin. But then the company took it away when Kolcheff made a supposedly anti-LGBTQ comment.

Nickmercs was the first streamer to ever get a skin in Call of Duty, joining the ranks of celebrities like NBA player Kevin Durant and horror movie legend Leatherface. A “skin” includes purchasable in-game cosmetics that make the player look a certain way during gameplay.

The controversy began when Kolcheff responded to a thread posted by esports Hall of Fame broadcaster Chris Puckett. Puckett linked to an article describing the fight that occurred outside a Glendale, California, school board meeting.

Armenian and Hispanic parents blasted school board members for promoting a pro-LGBTQ agenda to young children while Antifa members showed up in counter-protest. The situation became violent between certain individuals in attendance.

Puckett shared the article and wrote, “This happened 4 blocks from my Overwatch League apartment. Americans are in a sad place right now. Let people love who they love and live your own life.”

Nickmercs’ tweet, which has racked up 12.8 million views, says, “leave little children alone. That’s the real issue.”


This reaction caused Call of Duty developer Activision to remove Nickmercs’ Spartan-themed operator skin from the store. The official developer Twitter account shared on Thursday: “Due to recent events, we have removed the ‘NICKMERCS Operator’ bundle from the Modern Warfare II and Warzone store. We are focused on celebrating PRIDE with our employees and our community.”

Nickmercs later posted a video about the tweet in question. While clarifying that he “didn’t mean to upset anybody,” he went on to say he’s “not apologizing for the tweet.”

“I don’t think it’s wrong,” Kolcheff said. He went on to explain how he believed discussions about sexual morality should happen at home and not in the classroom. His statements set off a huge controversy online with supporters cheering his stance and LGBTQ apologists expressing their fury.

“The guy said it himself. He got no beef with the LGBTQ+ scene. The guy is a father himself so I get it. Just doesn’t want that around kids (elementary kids) is all I hear. When kids get older they’ll figure out their sexuality then. Guy has a right to his own opinion is all I say,” one follower wrote.

“We stand with Nick, protect the children,” another agreed.

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