06 August 2020 20:30
Guy "Doctor Disrespect" Beahm published a live story on Instagram hinting that he could return to streaming as early as today. "As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. In a short live story posted on Beahm's Instagram account, a fictional news anchor can be heard in the background saying they've heard from sources that "Doctor Disrespect may return to streaming as soon as today."Beahm, who streams video games under the persona Doctor Disrespect, is one of the most popular streamers online. He was previously banned from Twitch once before in 2019 for streaming from the LA Convention Center bathroom, though that ban was only temporary.When asked in an interview with PC Gamer about his sudden ban, Beahm said, "I'm not interested in engaging crazy speculation."Beahm has indicated his interest in returning to streaming video games, though says he's not interested in an exclusive contract if he returns.IGN has reached out to Twitch multiple times, but have only received a standard response from the company, which can be read below:Beahm's Instagram Story didn't confirm any other details. High-profile Twitch streamer Herschel "Guy" Beahm IV (better known as Dr Disrespect) was banned from the livestreaming platform in late June.
However, the exact reason still remains unclear, and as of early August, Beahm himself said he doesn't know why he was banned. More than a month after the action was taken against his account, we still don't know why Beahm was banned. Likewise, we don't yet know where he may head next; his Twitter profile link has recently been updated to point to YouTube, but there's no indication of an official partnership with that platform or any other. A voice clip shared on his Instagram page during a live video teased that he could be returning to stream on August 6. Following news of the ban, Dr Disrespect did not say anything publicly about the situation, and searching for his Twitch account yielded no results.
Sources: DrDisrespect has been permanently banned from Twitch — Rod "4475 SR & Immortal peak" Breslau (@Slasher) June 26, 2020 Breslau also shared a video from Beahm's final stream that showed him struggling to speak, possibly because he knew what was about to happen. Zach Bussey, who reports on Twitch happenings, indicated there won't be a public statement shared by Twitch regarding the ban, but that he too has heard it is permanent. "As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. Another streamer, Shannon Plante (AKA ShannonZKiller), indicated that she's heard the Dr Disrepect ban is a permanent one, adding that the cause is "serious." She offered no further specifics, saying she knows the reason for the ban but that she "cannot say" more. She does state that he is "done, and not just on Twitch." At the time of this writing, his YouTube channel and Twitter account remain online, but Plante deleted her tweet.
Dr Disrespect's ban comes not long after Twitch removed several other prominent streamers for alleged sexual abuse and harassment, including IamSp00n, BlessRNG, DreadedCone, and others. The accusations led to a Twitch blackout, with streamers staying off the platform for a day to encourage the streaming service to take action against abusers. Dr Disrespect announced his return to streaming during a new Instagram Live stream today. At the moment, it's unclear what platform the Two-Time will make his return on, but it appears it will be via YouTube, Twitch's biggest competitor in the streaming space currently. Today, the popular streamer added a "Join" button on his YouTube channel, with a barrier to entry of $4.99, the same price as a subscription on Twitch. Following this up, Doc went live on Instagram where he shared a rather bizarre parody news report that confirmed his return and teased the new era could begin later today. While it's now confirmed Dr Disrespect is returning to streaming--and returning soon--it remains unclear why Twitch gave him the boot earlier this year, months after handing him an insanely lucrative contract to retain his talents and his massive viewership. While Dr Disrespect was one of Twitch's biggest streamers, the Amazon-owned streaming platform seems to be fine without him. Update: A new video has appeared on the Dr Disrespect YouTube channel, embedded above. After nearly a month without streaming following his sudden ban from Twitch, Guy "Dr Disrespect" Beahm is teasing a return. On Instagram, he streamed a faux news report declaring that "Dr Disrespect may be returning to streaming as soon as today." On the Dr Disrespect YouTube account, there's now a $5 per month Champions Club subscription option. In our July interview, Beahm said he was looking to continue streaming elsewhere after confirming he wouldn't be returning to Twitch. On June 26, Beahm was suddenly banned from Twitch, the livestreaming giant that he had recently signed a multi-year exclusivity contract with. A day later, Beahm said that Twitch hadn't told him why he'd been banned, but rumors and speculation quickly began to circulate. Esports insider Rod "Slasher" Breslau says he knows the reason for the ban, but is unwilling to share until he has more concrete evidence and protection from potential legal recourse.