Dr Disrespect Will Not Be Returning to Twitch and Considering Legal Action
The streamer looks to be planning a return on another platform.
Last month saw a bizarre situation unfold. One of Twitch’s most popular streamers, Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm was suddenly, and reportedly permanently banned with no explanation behind the decision from the Amazon-owned streaming platform. The streamer himself had recently just signed an exclusivity deal with Twitch as well. Beahm took to Twitter to state that he doesn’t know the reason behind the ban, and in addition to that, prominent names in the streaming scene online were claiming to know the reason but were unable to say.
Yesterday, Beahm broke his silence to speak with both The Washington Post and PC Gamer about his ban. If you’re looking for why he was banned, you won’t find the answers here because no answers were given about the specifics, but the situation surrounding it was somewhat explained. I’ll be focusing all quotes being pulled from PC Gamer.
He explains the moment when he learned he had been banned, ” The way I discovered it, too, I was on a buddy’s stream, and some of the features started turning off while I was just in the chat and everything, and then all of a sudden social media was blowing up.”
He explains how Twitch cut all communications with him and never provided him with a reason for the ban, and says, “Obviously, for legal counsel, I have to be careful here. But I can say however, that I will not be returning to Twitch”. According to the interview with PC Gamer, he still doesn’t know the reason why he was banned, but is “considering taking legal action.”
Throughout the interview he mentions having a focus on returning to the scene on a different platform, revamping his brand, and essentially starting fresh. When talking about his character, Dr. Disrespect he says, “I think you’re gonna see his universe open up a lot bigger. And that’s probably the best way I could describe it.” So far, Beahm says he’s considering streaming on his “championsclub.gg website, in addition to other big options like YouTube and Facebook.]”
It’s certainly a bizarre situation, and it was made even more cryptic when Beahm’s last moments on his last stream saw him essentially break character and acting differently after glancing at what appears to be his phone. Later in the video, he goes silent before offering some words of encouragement to his audience before uttering the word “fuck” and then shutting the stream down. This, of course, got people wondering what had happened, and the silence from both Twitch and Beahm led to theories circulating online.
Addressing the assumptions from that video, Beahm says, “all I was talking about was just the state of the world that we’re in dealing with, dealing with the protests, and the coronavirus, and everything that was happening. It’s just like, man… And at that particular moment, I think I was just kind of going through a, you know, like, when can we break this funk of 2020?”
At current it appears that things are messy behind the scenes, but Dr Disrespect is planning to return to streaming in some form, it just won’t be on Twitch.
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