27 June 2020 02:31
Streamer Guy "Dr Disrespect" Beahm, one of the most popular gaming influencers on the internet, was banned from Twitch on Friday, the Amazon-owned company confirmed to ESPN. Terms or length of the ban were not disclosed, although a report from independent esports journalist Rod Breslau on Twitter stated that Dr Disrespect's ban was permanent and was not related to recent Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedowns for use of copyrighted music on Twitch. Dr Disrespect's representation at Creative Artists Agency did not respond to requests for comment. Earlier this week, Twitch and their CEO, Emmett Shear, released statements outlining actions they would take against platform users accused of sexual abuse, misogyny, hate speech and other forms of misconduct after more than 200 allegations of abuse in the gaming and esports communities surfaced online in the past 2½ weeks. "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," a Twitch spokesperson told ESPN.
Dr Disrespect was previously suspended from Twitch for two weeks in June 2019 during an IRL (in real life) stream while roaming the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During that stream, Dr Disrespect walked into the men's bathroom while the stream was active. Over the past few years, Dr Disrespect has become one of the faces of Twitch, particularly after the departure of Tyler "Ninja" Blevins in August and Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek in October to Microsoft-owned platform and Twitch competitor Mixer. In March, Dr Disrespect signed a multiyear exclusive deal to remain with Twitch that reportedly would entitle him to millions of dollars per year. When Mixer closed earlier this week, it was reported that Ninja and Shroud both received guaranteed payment of their deals--roughly $30 million for Ninja and $10 million for Shroud, according to tweets from Breslau.
A former developer of Call of Duty at Activision Blizzard, Beahm coined the Dr Disrespect persona, a loud, brash, over-the-top character who wears a wig and sunglasses and sports a mustache and bulletproof vest while playing games such as Call of Duty, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and others. In December, Dr Disrespect landed a deal to star in a TV show produced by Skybound Entertainment, the Hollywood production company led by "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman. He also created content starring WWE superstar The Undertaker, a rare appearance for that character outside of the WWE. ESPN Daily newsletter: Sign up now! On Friday, June 26, popular streamer Dr Disrespect was banned from Twitch. The streamer previously signed a multiyear exclusive streaming contract with the platform in March. It's currently unclear why Dr Disrespect was banned from the platform. He was previously banned from the platform for two weeks in June 2019 for livestreaming from the bathrooms at E3. Unconfirmed reports have emerged that Dr Disrespect's ban is permanent. Twitch did not confirm the duration of the ban to Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Popular Twitch streamer Dr Disrespect, whose real name is Herschel "Guy" Beahm IV, was banned from the platform on Friday, June 26. The streamer, whose currently defunct channel had over 4 million followers, also recently signed an exclusive, multiyear streaming contract with Twitch, as was announced in March 2020. Although the precise figures weren't disclosed, The Verge's Bijan Stephen reported that it was "for a lot of money." It's currently unclear why Dr Disrespect was banned from Twitch this time, and Beahm has not publicly acknowledged the ban on Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram. When asked for comment, a Twitch spokesperson provided the following statement, not clarifying the duration of the ban or specific reasons: "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. These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community." This isn't the first time that the streamer has been banned from Twitch. He was notably given a two-week ban from the platform after livestreaming from the bathrooms of E3, the biggest gaming event of the year. He later issued an apology, saying that he and his team had been too focused on "authenticity" and failed to consider the legal repercussions of streaming from a bathroom. After news broke regarding the most recent ban, unconfirmed reports emerged that Dr Disrespect had been permanently banned from the platform. Esports journalist Rod "Slasher" Breslau reported on Twitter that sources had told him that Dr Disrespect had been permanently banned from Twitch, following up to say that it was not for DMCA-related reasons. Twitch streamer Shannon "ShannonZKiller" Plante also alleged on Twitter that Dr Disrespect had been permanently banned from the platform, saying that she "[knows] why and cannot say" but that it's "serious." Kotaku also reported that a "source close to Twitch" said that the ban is permanent as well. Insider has not independently confirmed the reason or duration of Dr Disrespect's Twitch ban.