Streamer Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm, one of the most popular game influencers on the Internet, was kicked out of Twitch on Friday, the Amazon-owned company confirmed to ESPN.
The terms or duration of the ban were not disclosed, although a report by independent e-sports journalist Rod Breslau on Twitter stated that Dr. Disrespect’s ban was permanent and unrelated to recent copyright law withdrawals. Digital Millennium for the use of copyrighted music on Twitch. Dr. Disrespect’s representative at the Creative Artists Agency did not respond to requests for comment.
Earlier this week, Twitch and its CEO, Emmett Shear, released statements describing the 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 emerged in the gaming and eSports communities. online in the last 2½ weeks.
“As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a transmitter has acted in violation of our community’s guidelines or terms of service,” a Twitch spokesperson told ESPN. “This applies to all streamers, regardless of status or importance in the community.”
Dr. Disrespect was previously suspended from Twitch for two weeks in June 2019 during an IRL broadcast (in real life) while wandering around the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During that current, Dr. Disrespect entered the men’s room while the current was active.
In recent years, Dr. Disrespect has become a face on Twitch, particularly after the departure of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins in August and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek in October on the Microsoft-owned platform and competitor. from Twitch, Mixer.
In March, Dr. Disrespect signed an exclusive multi-year agreement to stay with Twitch that reportedly would bring him millions of dollars per year. When Mixer closed earlier this week, Ninja and Shroud were reported to have received guaranteed payment for their offers – roughly $ 30 million for Ninja and $ 10 million for Shroud, according to Breslau’s tweets.
Beahm, a former developer of Call of Duty on Activision Blizzard, coined the character of Dr Disrespect, a loud, cheeky, and over-the-top character who wears a wig and sunglasses and sports a mustache and bulletproof vest while playing games like Call of Duty , PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and others.
In December, Dr. Disrespect struck a deal to star in a television show produced by Skybound Entertainment, the Hollywood production company directed by “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman. He also created content starring WWE superstar The Undertaker, a rare appearance for that character outside of WWE.
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