Call of Duty has removed the NICKMERCS skin from Call of duty modern warfare 2 And Call of Duty: Warzone 2 After a controversial tweet. Call of Duty is one of the biggest gaming franchises out there and has consistently had the best-selling game every year for the past decade, with the exception of 2013 and 2018 when Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto V And Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s huge and the series has recently started trying to highlight some of the creators who play shooters like Call of Duty: Warzone. And with that, Call of Duty has added NICKMERCS and TimTheTatman skins for players to purchase. Skins have been voiced, come with weapon blueprints and items inspired by banners, and in general have made quite a splash.
With that, the NICKMERCS skin was removed from both Call of duty modern warfare 2 And Call of Duty: Warzone 2 After a controversial tweet. In response to a video of alleged anti-LGBT protesters reportedly attacking pro-LGBT demonstrators, and clashing over a school board vote to recognize Pride Month in June, NICKMERCS Books: “They should leave young children alone, that’s the real issue.” This tweet was seen by some as insulting and an anti-LGBTQ stance and it immediately caused a backlash. Later, in its flowNICKMERCS noted that he didn’t mean to upset anyone, but he believes conversation about sex should be kept between parents and their children. He added that he would not apologize for what he said, insisting it was not a “homophobic tweet”. However, Call of Duty noted that it’s removing the skin because it’s focused on “celebrating Pride with our employees and community.”
Due to recent events, we have removed the “NICKMERCS Operator” pack from the Modern Warfare II and Warzone store. We focus on celebrating Pride with our employees and our community.
– Call of Duty (CallofDuty) June 9, 2023
A number of people in the gaming community responded positively to the news, seeing it as a stand against bigotry or discrimination.
amazing. Big props to Call of Duty for the fast action. This is how you stand up to hate, bigotry and discrimination. https://t.co/Ex75bV1OmF
Lowco (LowcoTV) June 9, 2023
If we’re being honest, he shouldn’t have had a working look anyway. Not above many other COD creators who play the game and have a keen interest in the franchise.
Congratulations to anyone who bought it, you may have one of the rarest Warzone skins right now🤣 https://t.co/iiEztunoiE
– 𝐍𝐨𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 (@Nocturnal2002) June 9, 2023
There are members of the LGBTQIA+ community in every part of the games, from fandom to development. The way I see people reacting is actually disgusting. Actions have consequences, and hate has no place on the scene. https://t.co/ogvgERYUpY
– Corey (@DemShenaniganss) 🦝 | #TDST ⚡ (@demshenanigans) June 9, 2023
We’ve reached out to Activision for a statement on whether players who have already purchased the skin will be able to keep it or receive a refund. As of now, it’s not clear if Activision has any plans to feature other future Call of Duty community members in the game via skins or cross-play collaborations.