Guy “Dr. Disrespect” Beahm was one of the top streamers of Twitch, and his peculiar character earned a great following from his games. There is also a mystery behind his abrupt suspension on-site, and neither Twitch nor Dr. Disrespect has revealed so much about this.
Beahm used to be a producer of Call of Duty at Activision Blizzard, then joined Twitch early on when it was still Justin.tv. Dr. Disrespect, with a mulled hat, a sunglass, a military bag, and a nearly infinite range of words, called himself his streamer. He greatly benefited from the emergence of royal matches and became more famous in the battlefields of PlayerUnknown.
Dr. Disrespect hasn’t got into trouble with Twitch for the first time. Dr. Disrespect visited a men’s bathroom while still watching in June 2019 while performing a broadcast of IRL (In Real Life) at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. For the occurrence, Twitch suspended him for two weeks. But Twitch signed Dr. Disrespect earlier this year with a multi-year, exclusive contract, which will pay him millions of dollars a year. It’s not a very bad partnership between these two.
How the ban started
The last moments of Dr. Disrespect on his stream before the ban on 26 June were strange. Since listening to complot scientist David Icke, he appears to search his phone, and he looks depressed. He switches his way of life. He turns to Roblox before saying, “I appreciate everyone watching today. We’ll … we’ll get through this, champions club. I know it’s tough … Life’s weird right now …. we’ll get through this okay. And uh … f—.” He then runs his stream’s credits and ends it.
Soon afterward, his channel vanished from Twitch; the firm didn’t mention why so far.
There has been considerable debate across the internet as to whether the organization should ban a celebrity for seemingly no warning or explanations. Dr. Disrespect made his first public announcement one day after his suspension so far – saying he still did not know why.
According to ESPN, as of 16 July, no promises or potential charges were released against Beahm, both in San Diego County, where he has been living for some time and in Los Angeles County, where he is mostly involved. Beahm was not held in or near San Diego in state or federal prisons.
ESPN reports that Beahm is now covered by an independent publicist, Gabriel del Rio, who declined to comment on Friday when they approached him. For all of his promotions, media rights, and TV deals, including his latest extension with Twitch, Big-time Hollywood Creative Artists Agency has handled Beahm but did not respond to the ESPN question that Beahm is still involved in since his Twitch ban.
Twitch has not released an official word on the length of the injunction. Still, the independent sports journalist Rod “Slasher” Breslau claimed on Friday that the suspension is indefinite and not linked to any Twitch Copyright Act on the use of copyrighted content on streams.
Can Beahm seek Legal Action?
It is a civil problem, according to Forbes. That is very evident at the moment, with Doc himself claiming that because of legal grounds, he can not speak too much about elements of the ban. There are certainly all kinds of legal problems, ranging from civil (contract drama with Twitch) to criminal (tax) to awful (a wide variety of criminal) offenses. So what’s the reaction, we don’t know.
Yet Doc’s probably won’t be about someone about to be taken to court by the FBI or something this week. He also held three independent interviews with the media, two of which were released the same day. Doc also echoed the same statements in interviews with CNN, the Washington Post, and the PC Gamer, and said that they are virtually meaningless. He has reiterated how amazing the love of his community is and how hard it is to cope with this situation. He very deliberately picks his terms and says, “Twitch never told him” that he has been banned. But, this opens the door for him to learn, theoretically, that he has been banned anyway.