Call of Duty Removes NickMercs Bundle Following Streamer's Controversial Tweets

Call of Duty has announced that the NickMercs bundle will no longer be available in Modern Warfare 2 and the Warzone store amid controversy surrounding the streamer’s recent tweet about Pride month. The streamer-specific Call of Duty bundle is no longer available for those who want to buy it, and there’s no information on whether it’s coming back to the Play Store.

Nicholas “NickMercs” Kolcheff is a Twitch streamer and co-owner of popular esports organization FaZe Clan. On June 7, the anchor responded to a video showing anti-LGBT protesters attacking pro-LGBT demonstrators outside a school board meeting, which is voting to recognize June as Pride Month, saying pro-LGBT partisans should “Leave the little ones alone”. The comment sparked controversy online, with some Twitter users siding with NickMercs while others accused the streamer of supporting anti-LGBT violence.

Following this controversial tweet, Call of Duty has decided to remove the NickMercs bundle from the Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone stores. Players who have purchased the bundle will still have access to the skins, weapon blueprints, and NickMercs Operators, but those who have not purchased the bundle will no longer have access. In a tweet, Call of Duty explained the decision to remove the NickMercs bundle because the company is focused on celebrating Pride Month and therefore cannot support comments deemed anti-LGBTQIA+.

NickMercs explained in a livestream after the tweet that his comments were not aimed at the LGBTQIA+ community, but that he and his wife don’t want anyone to interfere with their children’s education. The anchor said he doesn’t support schools celebrating Pride month because he wants to be the one to talk to kids about these topics. NickMercs added that he would not apologize for his tweet or delete it, but he never intended to upset anyone.

Activision’s decision to remove the NickMercs bundle from the Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone stores has had mixed reactions from players. While some applauded the company for supporting LGBTQIA+ rights and removing the streaming bundle, others didn’t understand the decision because they felt NickMercs had done nothing wrong. Some players agreed with the streamer and opposed celebrating Pride month, while others pointed out that Activision Blizzard was reacting to comments seen as anti-LGBT and that the company wasn’t as firm in addressing sexual harassment allegations that led to a lawsuit from the California department Last year’s Fair Employment and Housing.

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