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Why Was Dr Disrespect Banned From Twitch?

Laura Sanders


Why Was Dr Disrespect Banned From Twitch?

Dr Disrespect is one of the biggest names in the gaming world, with a net worth of around $6 million (£4,353,030) and millions of subscribers to his YouTube channel.

The over-the-top 80's action hero character and self-proclaimed 'face of Twitch' was banned from the platform a year ago now - and still nobody quite understands why or for how long.

Both Dr Disrespect - aka Herschel 'Guy' Beahm IV - and Twitch have stayed relatively quiet on the matter.

The streamer had more than four million subscribers, and signed a multi-year deal with the platform, before he was banned in summer 2020.

Why was Dr Disrespect banned from Twitch?

Dr Disrespect (Credit: Instagram/drdisrespect)
Dr Disrespect (Credit: Instagram/drdisrespect)

Shortly after the news broke about Dr Disrespect's ban, Twitch issued a statement saying:

"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."

That didn't really answer a lot and all we can establish from that is that the Dr violated one or more of the company's guidelines or terms of service. So basically, he broke the rules, but which?

Then on 28th June 2020, Dr Disrespect tweeted:

"Champions Club,

Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision... Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time.

-Dr Disrespect"

Dr Disrespect (Credit: Instagram/drdisrespect)
Dr Disrespect (Credit: Instagram/drdisrespect)

A Call of Duty voice actor, Jeff Leach, speculated that Beahm got banned from Twitch after backstabbing the company during contract negotiations.

Leach, who voiced Ghost in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, said:

"What I have heard through various people who work at Twitch is that when it came to renegotiation time for his contract and he was using offers from Mixer as leverage to get himself a bit more money out of Twitch."

He stressed that this is hearsay, but he believes his sources to be credible.

Apparently Twitch took offence at this. After learning that Mixer was to shut down, Twitch believed Beahm to be lying about being offered millions of dollars - because why would a company that's shutting down offer somebody millions of dollars to stream for a couple of days a week?

For now, we still don't know for sure what went down between Dr Disrespect and Twitch.

Whatever it is though, it must have been considerably worse than live-streaming from public toilets at E3 in LA, which is what Dr Disrespect had previously received a temporary ban for.

What happened to Dr Disrespect?

After parting ways with Twitch, Dr Disrespect set up a YouTube channel, where he streams to his 3.4 million subscribers.

Violence. Speed. Momentum

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Dr Disrespect

Topics: Twitch, YouTube

Laura Sanders
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