What is the PauseChamp Twitch Emote? (and How to Add It to Twitch?)

Lindsay Hayes

The PauseChamp emote is a variation of the original PogChamp emote. Unlike the original emote, Pausechamp shows the streamer Ryan Gutierrez with his mouth shut and is often used in the chat when a Twitch streamer has created an air of suspense.

Twitch can often feel overwhelming for a newcomer. The platform has a dictionary worth of slang and emotes that might sound like a foreign language to a newcomer. I had a lot of trouble understanding what was going on when I started my Twitch account, but as I kept going, I became a bit of an expert.

If you're interested in the meaning and origin of the PauseChamp emote, this article is for you. We'll take a look at the iconic emote's meaning and origin. We'll even give you some tips on how to use the PauseChamp emote! Let's get started.


What Does the PauseChamp Emote Mean?

The PauseChamp emote is a variant of one of Twitch's most popular emotes, PogChamp. Unlike the famous PogChamp emote, PauseChamp shows Ryan Gutierrez (Gootecks) with a closed mouth.

The PauseChamp emote is used to express suspense or anticipation in the chat. On the other hand, PogChamp shows that a viewer felt surprised or excited by the stream.

PauseChamp is dropped in a Twitch chat for building anticipation of a hype moment. When that moment comes, it's usually followed up by PogChamp, which celebrates the exciting moment. Basically, Twitch users use PauseChamp when they sense something awesome is about to happen.

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How Can You Get the PauseChamp Emote?

PauseChamp is a highly popular Twitch emote, but you can't actually get it from Twitch anymore. Twitch added it in 2012 but removed it in 2021.

To get the PauseChamp emote, you'll first need to install the "Better Twitch TV" (BTTV) browser extension.

You can also get the PauseChamp emote by installing the "FrankerFaceZ" browser extension. However, you might notice that PogChamp and PauseChamp from FrankerFaceZ don't have Gootecks' face. This is because they removed all emotes with his likeness after the controversy.

I recommend getting PauseChamp through BTTV if you want to use the original emote.

How to Get PauseChamp Emote with BTTV?

If you want to get the PauseChamp emote on Twitch, you'll need to install the Better Twitch TV extension to your browser. If you don't have BTTV installed, you won't be able to see PauseChamp when it's posted.

To install BTTV, go to BetterTTV.com and download the browser extension. Once you've installed it, you'll be able to use PauseChamp whenever you need to. You'll also be able to use PogChamp and many other popular emotes.

If you're a streamer and you want to get PauseChamp in your channel, log in to BTTV and authorize your Twitch account. Now go to the emote list and search for Pog, then click on it to add it to your channel.

Now your viewers will be able to use the PogChamp and PauseChamp emotes during your stream.

When Should You Use the PauseChamp Emote?

PauseChamp is used in anticipation of a PogChamp moment. This builds suspense in the Twitch chat that pays off when the moment comes. This is followed up by "pog" being spammed and the PogChamp emote.

For example, you could use PauseChamp when a streamer has to face off against multiple players on their own. If they win, you can post PogChamp to celebrate.

PauseChamp isn't only for drumming up hype. Many Twitch users spam PauseChamp when the streamer gets involved in drama.

Overall, there are lots of ways to use PauseChamp. The important thing is to remember to use this emote when something exciting is about to happen on the stream.

What is the Origin of PauseChamp?

PauseChamp was first uploaded to Twitch through FrankerFaceZ by Twitch user paulieLUL on May 7th, 2019. The emote features the face of professional fighting game player Ryan Gutierrez.

The story of the PauseChamp emote can be traced to PogChamp. PauseChamp is a variation of the PogChamp emote. PogChamp itself came from a viral outtake from Ryan Gutierrez's Youtube where a cameraman bumped into the tripod. The PogChamp face is Ryan's reaction to the incident. The exaggerated nature of Ryan's expression spawned the PogChamp emote.

Why is PauseChamp So Popular?

PauseChamp owes its popularity to the notoriety of PogChamp. PogChamp is probably the most popular emote on Twitch. It's even taken on a life outside of Twitch, gaining fame on Twitter and Reddit. PauseChamp benefited from the popularity of this emote, becoming iconic in its own right.

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Why Was PauseChamp Removed from Twitch?

Despite its popularity, PauseChamp and other associated emotes were eventually removed from Twitch. In 2021, Ryan Gutierrez posted a series of controversial tweets. This led to the removal of the PogChamp series of emotes.

Many streamers and Twitch viewers felt upset that this popular set of emotes was gone. Some took it into their hands and uploaded their own variant set.

There are other versions of these emotes available, but with the faces of other popular Twitch streamers, rather than Gootecks. The most popular variant is a set that features the face of Pepe the Frog.

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Final Words

The PauseChamp emote is a good way of building suspense in a stream. You can use it to show anticipation when your favorite streamer is about to do something remarkable.

You can get the PauseChamp emote by downloading either the BTTV or FrankerFaceZ extension. Use the BTTV extension if you want the original form.

Did this article help you understand how to use PauseChamp? If it did, you should check out our related articles to learn more.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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