What does the NaM emote mean, uses, & origin

NaM is a global emote on the platform Better Twitch TV. It features a Korean streamer, Namja. Although the emote was originally created to celebrate Namja, it has become mired in controversy since it began getting spammed in toxic chats. Sometimes, this emote can even be used just to be annoying, since it appears as though it’s bigger than other emotes and can take up a lot of space.

What is the Meaning of the NaM Emote?

What does the NaM emote mean? NaM often gets spammed when Asian countries are mentioned on a stream or appear in a game. Much like the emote Trihard, NaM gets spammed by toxic people who want to be racist or discriminatory towards Asians.

Because of the toxic use of this emote, many streamers have banned NaM from their chats, even though it is a global BTTV emote available to everyone using the extension.

How to Use the NaM Emote

NaM is a global Better Twitch TV emote which means anyone that has it installed will get to use it, as long as it is not banned in a streamer’s chat. To use NaM, here’s what you have to do.

  1. Download the BTTV extension from the BTTV website. Install and activate it, and you should be good to go. If you still can’t see it, you might want to refresh your browser. It may take a while but it will work.
  2. To mess around with BTTV settings and check out their other features, you can click on the gear icon under the chatbox in any stream. From there, you can simply navigate to BTTV settings.

What is the Origin of NaM?

Some Twitch chatters interpret NaM as an acronym for “Non Asian Minority,” but this is simply not true. NaM was named after the streamer Namja, who began on Twitch back in 2011. Namja still streams on Twitch, but not as often anymore.

NightDev (the BTTV team) added NaM to the global emotes in December 2015.

When Should I use the NaM emote on Twitch?

NaM is used to celebrate the streamer Namja, but you can use it at your discretion.

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