Herschel 'Guy' Beahm, who goes by the streamer name Dr. Disrespect, is no longer on Twitch.
Guy Beahm, better known as the streamer Dr Disrespect has been banned from the streaming service Twitch on Friday. Dr Disrespect’s channel, which previously had over 4 million followers, no. Twitch is the world's leading video platform and community for gamers.
The circumstances of Beahm's removal from the service aren't clear at this time. His page on the Amazon-owned video streaming website is currently shut down, with a message reading 'that content is unavailable.'
A statement provided to Mashable on Saturday by a Twitch spokesperson suggests that Beahm violated one or more community guidelines. But it isn't clear what exactly happened, or whether the removal is being characterized as a suspension or a ban.
'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,' Twitch's statement reads.
You can find the site's community guidelines right here.
The mystery grew on Saturday evening as Beahm tweeted in apparent confusion regarding the nature of the ban.
Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision... Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time.
- The Amazon-owned Twitch streaming platform banned popular streamer Dr Disrespect back in June. To date, no reason for the ban has surfaced. The streamer has cryptically hinted that the ban may have occurred to allow Twitch to pen deals with other high-profile streamers, likely Ninja and shroud.
- Today, out of the blue, Twitch suspended massively popular streamer Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm, a ban that multiple sources tell Kotaku is permanent.
- This is not the first time Dr Disrespect has returned to Twitch after a long absence. At the end of 2017, he began a self-imposed exile after an on-stream confession of infidelity to his wife.That.
— Dr Disrespect (@drdisrespect) June 28, 2020
There's at least some suggestion that Beahm won't returning to Twitch, and that his removal from the platform isn't related to a recent string of copyright takedown notices that other streamers have received. Rod 'Slasher' Breslau, a well-known esports consultant who is plugged into the streaming community, noted as much on Twitter. (I've heard the same regarding a ban, for whatever it's worth.)
Sources: it is not DMCA
— Rod '4475 SR & Immortal peak' Breslau (@Slasher) June 26, 2020
In a subsequent tweet, Breslau mentioned that Beahm's paying subscribers on Twitch received refunds. His Discord partnership also appears to be finished.
Footage saved from Beahm's final stream only adds to the mystery. His chatter is unfocused all throughout the nine-minute clip, and in the final few moments he actually seems genuinely distressed by something happening off camera. You can see him look around quickly and hunch over as he shouts 'Fuck!' before cutting the stream.
Beahm has had his share of troubles in the past. In 2019, he was kicked out of the annual E3 trade show and temporarily banned from Twitch after streaming from inside one of the bathrooms at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The year before that, he drew criticism for delivering racist caricatures of a Chinese accent on his streams.
It hasn't all unfolded on Twitch, either. In late 2017, Beahm went on a hiatus after publicly admitting that he'd been unfaithful to his wife.
The word of Beahm being hit with a ban now is especially surprising coming just a few months after he signed a multi-year deal with Twitch. That deal was signed in March, meaning Twitch knew very well already who they were dealing with (and what his history is).
Beahm's agents at Creative Artists Agency haven't replied to an email from Mashable looking for more info at the time of this writing. But we'll update this story as more information surfaces.
UPDATE: June 27, 2020, 10:30 p.m. EDT Added Beahm's Saturday evening tweet.© Provided by Dot Esports
With Twitch’s strict policies, there’s been no shortage of streamer bans on the livestreaming platform since its inception in 2011.
Whether they stem from the blatant breaking of rules or misunderstanding of the platform’s terms and conditions, suspensions and bans have been a common occurrence on Twitch. Sometimes a suspension will be temporary and can range anywhere from 24 hours to a permanent ban in more serious cases. Those who are suspended multiple times can also receive a permanent ban, even if it’s for a minor offense.
Since hundreds of suspensions and bans are handed out each year, you might not be familiar with the biggest bans in the platform’s history.
Here are our picks for the biggest Twitch bans in the history of the platform.
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No one is safe from Twitch’s ban hammer—not even former United States President Donald Trump, who was permanently banned from the platform in early 2021.
On January 20, after having his account suspended weeks prior for hateful conduct, the former president received an indefinite ban on the streaming platform. The initial suspension stemmed from the Jan. 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. Twitch chose to act on this much like other platforms, including Twitter, which also permanently banned Trump for inciting violence on the Capitol.
While unrelated to any incident on the platform, former president Trump’s ban was one of the most publicized in the platform’s history, and as such, takes a spot on our list.
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ZilianOP was a prominent World of Warcraft streamer in 2013 who was known for being paralyzed from the waist down.
On April 12, 2013, the streamer went live as normal, wheeling himself into the camera frame in his wheelchair. But shortly into the stream, Zilian stood up out of his chair and walked away, leaving the wheelchair on camera and empty for all to see.
The situation was made worse because Zilian had used his disability to raise over $20,000 for himself to purchase an expensive wheelchair and to help fund his cross-country move so he could live closer to his girlfriend.
After being called out for deceiving viewers, Zilian was banned from Twitch and disappeared from the internet for many years. In 2020, the streamer made his return on YouTube under a different online alias. He spoke of the wheelchair issue on Twitch and claimed that after years of physical therapy, he was able to walk again in some capacity.
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One of the most well-known bans on Twitch was the permanent ban of streamer Ice Poseidon.
On April 28, 2017, after touching down from a flight to Phoenix, Arizona, the streamer was escorted off the plane by police. A bomb threat had been called in identifying him as the perpetrator.
The person who called in the threat obtained the streamer’s information after Ice streamed live in the airport prior to his departure from Los Angeles. Shortly after the incident occurred, Twitch moved to permanently ban the streamer without providing any specific reasoning behind its decision. Ice remains banned on the platform today.
Following this ban, Ice went on to stream on YouTube and maintained his audience, even growing his channel further without the restriction of Twitch’s TOS.
Twitch Streamer Dr Disrespect Wife
The incident did cause some bigger issues for the streamer though, and since then he has made changes to reform his community and has reached out to Twitch asking them to reconsider the permanent ban on his account.
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Phantoml0rd’s ban is one of the most unique bans from the platform since he chose to fight back against Twitch’s ruling.
In July 2016, Phatoml0rd received a ban from Twitch for misleading his viewers over CS:GO skin gambling. Phantoml0rd reportedly owned the popular skin gambling site CSGO Shuffle and allegedly obtained betting percentages and house money to use on the website without sharing this information with his viewers on Twitch or YouTube.
After this information came to light, Twitch removed Phantoml0rd’s channel from the site entirely, claiming he had breached Twitch’s TOS.
Following the ban, Phantoml0rd began to pursue damages from the platform, taking the company to court and stating it had caused severe financial damage and misrepresented his character. He said Twitch had given him no explanation for the ban.
Twitch’s cross-complaint said the streamer had breached his contract by using the gambling site while streaming, and in the process made “material misrepresentations to defraud Twitch and its users.”
Phatoml0rd announced on April 23 that he had successfully won his case against Twitch winning on “all counts.” According to streaming reporter Zach Bussey’s report, the streamer had been awarded nearly $21,000 in his victory.
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Arguably the most publicized Twitch ban of all time, Dr Disrespect, once the face of the platform, received a permanent ban on June 26, 2020.
What made this ban so famous was the fact that no one revealed why it happened. Although there was much speculation and many theories put forward, many of those who claimed to know refused to disclose a reason. Additionally, Doc had signed an exclusive multiyear deal to remain on Twitch months prior to his ban, making his ban even more confusing.
It’s almost been a full year, and we still have no new information about what led to Doc’s ban. But it hasn’t stopped the streamer from continuing his career elsewhere. Shortly after the ban, Dr Disrespect began streaming on YouTube and maintained his audience despite the shift in platforms.
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