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.