Beahm aka Dr Disrespect has tweeted publicly for the first time since news of his ban from Twitch surfaced.
In his first public tweets since the incident, Dr Disrespect writes that “Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision… Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time.”
Beahm’s tweets don’t clarify the situation on why he was banned in the first place, and seems to claim that Twitch has not made the reason known to Dr Disrespect either.
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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 longer appears to be available on the service.
News of Dr Disrespect’s ban was first announced via @StreamerBans, an automated Twitter account that tracks when streamers have been banned from Twitch.
— StreamerBans (@StreamerBans) June 26, 2020
What was immediately strange about the situation was the secrecy behind the reason for Dr Disrespect’s ban. Twitch reporters like Rod Breslau went as far as to say that while the ban is permanent, they’re reluctant to share the reason why because of the “importance and sensitivity” of the matter.
Twitch has not announced the reason for Dr Disrespect’s most recent ban, and it’s unclear how long the ban will last. Beahm was previously banned in July 2019 after he was caught filming from the LA Convention Center bathrooms during E3 2019.
Since he began streaming in 2015 Dr Disrespect has grown into one of Twitch’s biggest personalities. He broke out by streaming games like H1Z1 before exploding in popularity thanks to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Dr Disrespect currently streams a variety of competitive battle royale games including Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite.
What’s even more surprising is that earlier this year Dr Disrespect signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Twitch reportedly worth millions of dollars. But now, a few months after the deal was announced, Twitch seems to have banned the popular streamer.
IGN has reached out to Twitch for a statement, but the company provided no specific reason for the ban. Instead, Twitch provided the following statement:
“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.”
Dr DisRespect has not addressed his ban on social media, though he was streaming as early as yesterday. IGN will update the story as the situation develops.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.