Last month Call of Duty introduced operator bundles based on the Call of Duty content creators for the first time. Popular creators Nickmercs and TimTheTatman became the first to have the honor to have skin in the game. This would have been a new change that the game stepped towards. But things did not go in a certain way they would have thought. Nick Kolcheff aka Nickmercs’ newest Call of Duty operator bundle got removed given his controversial Pride Month comment. It wasn’t until later on it went viral and there was an outburst on the internet regarding the same.
The incident took place on June 8th when Nick shared a comment regarding Pride Month. The Creator claimed that children in school should be “left alone” and not be involved in LGBTQIA+ topics. And that was enough to light up the entire internet which later rallied against his comments. Considering the backlash and uproar on the internet Call Of Duty developers were quick to get their hands on the situation.
Nick faces backlash amidst his controversial LGBTQIA+ comment
After the whole controversy, Nick during his stream said that he still does stand by his comments and defended himself by saying,
“I didn’t mean to hurt anybody” and went on to continue expressing his views that, school is not a place to speak about things like that. It’s not that I think it shouldn’t be spoken about. If that’s what you got from that tweet, then you’re just wrong.”
In his defense, Nick said, “So, the video bothered me. I just don’t think it’s any place for a teacher or a school, I don’t think it’s the place to speak about things like that. And it’s not that I think it shouldn’t be spoken about. If that’s what you got from that Tweet, you’re just wrong. I don’t have any quarrels with anybody here, I don’t have any quarrel with people on the internet.”
Fans have been in splits after Nick commented on this topic bundle. Some are obviously against what Nick has said.
The fact that we have this many people upset over something as basic as leaving the little kids alone. Little kids do not have the capacity to think for themselves. It's simple that's why parents are responsible for them till their adults.
Later, Call Of Duty Removed Nickmerc’s Operator bundle ‘NICKMERCS” Activision has played its hand to steer clear of any backlash that might be its way to them. A rather political move by the gaming giant.
This is not the first time that developers of a gaming company pulled the plug on such creators. Previously Activision Blizzard Entertainment took out the “Sinatraa” skin from the Overwatch league. The skin was added for the MVP standout honor. And then took out the skin from the store and offered a refund to players who had bought it earlier after some serious allegations against Sinatraa stirred some controversy online. It is still unclear if the NICKMERCS skin would ever be back since Activision has yet to clear the air surrounding the same.
Sumedh Mahanur is an eSports journalist at FirstSportz. He takes interest in immersing in pure FPS games like Call Of Duty Modern Warfare. He is a huge fan of history documentaries and constantly engages in playing football and chess. He loves cooking occasionally and on weekends and prefers late night drives.
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