The story begins on June 7 when content creator Nicholas ‘Nickmercs’ Kolcheff commented on a tweet condemning an attack on LGBTQIA+ demonstrators saying, “They should leave little children alone. That’s the real issue.” Hare they, obviously, refers to the LGBTQUIA+ people and activists. The tweet got over 15 million views, and nearly 15 thousand retweets. With a followership as big as Nickmercs’, a strong backlash was certain.
This happened 4 blocks from my Overwatch League apartment.— Puckett ✈️ #CDL2023 (@MLGPuckett) June 7, 2023
Americans are in a sad place right now.
Let people love who they love and live your own life. https://t.co/iflQJ1xmgC
Activision decided to pull the Nickmercs operator bundle they’d launched saying, “Due to recent events, we have removed the “NICKMERCS Operator” bundle from the Modern Warfare II and Warzone store,” the company added. “We are focused on celebrating PRIDE with our employees and our community.”
Timothy John Beta whose game name is TimTheTatman is an old friend of Nickmercs. They even got their operator skins in Call of Duty together. He called on Activision to remove his operator skins as well. He did this to show solidarity with friend Nicholas.
In a tweet that got 25 million views in 3 days,
.@NICKMERCS has been my friend for years- we went in getting our CoD operators together.— timthetatman👑 (@timthetatman) June 10, 2023
It feels wrong for me to have mine and him no longer have his. In support of my friend, please remove the timthetatman bundle@CallofDuty
Activision has removed the TimTheTatman operator bundle from Call of Duty and Warzone according to the content creator’s request. One the other side, Nickmercs has refused to apologize for his comment saying his tweet was not anti-gay.