Activision removed another streamer’s skin (from a game, not their body). TimTheTatmana prominent one Duty streamer, asked to have his operator bundle removed Duty in support of his friend Nickmercs, whose skin was pulled last week after he made homophobic comments. “At Tim’s request, we’ve released the TimTheTatman operator bundle from the Modern Warfare II and the War zone store,” Activision spokesperson Neil Wood wrote in an email The edge.
TimTheTatman, who mentioned Nickmercs as an old friend, tweeted that it “felt wrong” for him to still have a skin in the games when Nickmercs didn’t and requested that Activision remove his skin as well. “In support of my friend, please uninstall the TimTheTatman bundle,” he tweeted. Another FPS streamer, Dr. Disrespect, also expressed his solidarity with Nickmercs by to delete Duty during a recent stream.
After the skin was removed, Nickmercs apologized to people whose feelings may have been hurt, but confirmed that he did not apologize for the offending tweet nor did he delete it. In a tweet on Friday, he said he “had no hate in his heart” and thanked those who supported him. (Some of his supporters have left social media comments referring to LGBTQ+ people, including this reporter, as groomers and pedophiles, pointing out exactly how Nickmercs’ seemingly innocuous words, “leave little kids alone,” have been twisted into a homophobic dog whistle.)