Dr Disrespect Is Now Streaming On YouTube, Claims He Doesn't Know Why Twitch Banned Him

Streamer Dr Disrespect has hopped over to YouTube, following his unceremonious banning from Twitch.

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Update: Herschel "Guy" Beahm, better known as Dr Disrespect, has returned, and he's now streaming on YouTube following an announcement on Twitter. It is still believed that there is no deal in place between YouTube and Beahm. Nevertheless, he has taken to streaming on the platform and, to begin with, addressed his banning from Twitch. Although he expressed frustrations, Beahm did not provide any explanation for why the ban was issued, instead noting that he was not given much notice and in the time since the justification has not become clear to him. "We still have no idea ... so just let the legal professionals just do what they need to do," he said.

At the time of writing, his stream peaked at 510k concurrent viewers, showing that his popularity has transferred over from Twitch to YouTube. Some other high-profile streamers, including Ninja, have gone back to Twitch after the dissolution of Mixer. They had previously signed enormous contracts to stream exclusively on Mixer.

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More than a month after the action was taken against his account, we still don't know why Beahm was banned. His punishment is one of the highest-profile bans in Twitch history. It remains unclear if Twitch is planning to address the reason in more detail in the future. Likewise, we don't yet know where he may head next; his Twitter profile link has recently been updated to point to YouTube, but there's no indication of an official partnership with that platform or any other. A voice clip shared on his Instagram page during a live video teased that he could be returning to stream on August 6. However, it is unclear if this was intended as a joke. According to esports consultant Rod Breslau, neither YouTube nor Facebook have offered him a partnership. A pinned tweet says he will be streaming on August 7, and his YouTube channel is streaming a static scene at the moment.

He has teased that he's considering a lawsuit against Twitch, but so far there have been no developments on that front, suggesting it may simply be posturing.

Why Was Dr Disrespect Banned From Twitch?

It's unclear exactly why or how long Dr Disrespect will be banned. Following news of the ban, Dr Disrespect did not say anything publicly about the situation, and searching for his Twitch account yielded no results. However, on June 27, a day after news of the ban broke, Beahm broke his silence and posted an update on Twitter, addressing his fans. According to the streamer, Twitch has not provided him with any specific reason for the ban. Meanwhile, Monday's temporary suspension of Donald Trump was accompanied by specific reasoning, with Twitch even citing specific violations of its "hateful conduct" policy.

Dr Disrespect's Statement On His Ban

Regarding Dr Disrespect's ban, Twitch has offered no specific explanation for the move publicly. Of course, this has left room for speculation. Some have suggested that it could be the result of a DMCA takedown (of which there has been a flurry recently). However, this would ordinarily result in a temporary ban, and there is no sign of that happening.

Beahm finally gave an interview to the Washington Post regarding his ban on July 16. He expressed incredulity about Twitch's decision. However, his legal and publicity teams limited what he could and couldn't answer. Legal action against Twitch is being considered, although it's unclear if this is merely posturing or a route he actually intends to pursue.

"It was a total shock," he said. "Imagine showing up to work and the doors are closed and you can't get inside."

Beahm later shared an ominous video on his Twitter account, backed by moody music. It wasn't clear what purpose it served but it was his first tweet since late June. The timing roughly coincided with the round of interviews that were also published in mid-July. These interviews ultimately gave little explanation for his actions that could have led to the ban. He said he won't be returning to the platform.

Twitch's Statement On Dr Disrespect's Ban

When we reached out to Twitch for comment, we were given the same generic statement already offered to the wider community: "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."

The Twitch Community Reacts To Dr Disrespect's Ban

Dr Disrespect was banned from the livestreaming platform back in June 2019 for broadcasting from a public restroom at E3. The ban only lasted two weeks and saw a divisive response from the Twitch community.

According to esports reporter Rod Breslau, Dr Disrepsect's ban is not related to a DMCA measure, and is in fact a permanent ban, rather than a temporary one. This was the first indication there could be something more serious going on than a simple copyright issue. Twitch is also giving refunds to those who had subscribed to his channel and his emotes are no longer on the site.

Breslau also shared a video from Beahm's final stream that showed him struggling to speak, possibly because he knew what was about to happen.

Zach Bussey, who reports on Twitch happenings, indicated there won't be a public statement shared by Twitch regarding the ban, but that he too has heard it is permanent.

Another streamer, Shannon Plante (AKA ShannonZKiller), indicated that she's heard the Dr Disrepect ban is a permanent one, adding that the cause is "serious." She offered no further specifics, saying she knows the reason for the ban but that she "cannot say" more. She does state that he is "done, and not just on Twitch." At the time of this writing, his YouTube channel and Twitter account remain online, but Plante deleted her tweet.

Dr Disrespect's ban comes not long after Twitch removed several other prominent streamers for alleged sexual abuse and harassment, including IamSp00n, BlessRNG, DreadedCone, and others. Earlier this week, Twitch said it would be issuing permanent suspensions following its investigation into these allegations. The accusations led to a Twitch blackout, with streamers staying off the platform for a day to encourage the streaming service to take action against abusers.

Giphy Removes Dr Disrespect GIFs

Popular GIF hosting service Giphy has also apparently removed GIF material featuring Beahm from its site. This is despite the reasoning behind the ban still not being made public.

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Who??

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Laugh just another cry baby or people acting like snowflakes. Oh well, typical partner people crying wolf. Plus Twitch is a joke with the 3-5 second delay, just a bad platform, too bad Microsoft didnt keep Mixer up but guess wnated to let Twitch stand out with gamers then

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Honestly, I had never heard of him until his banning but if I had to guess a reason he got banned, based on his videos available on Youtube; other streamers must've got butthurt about him dunking on them so much, reported him several times and ultimately got him banned. I doubt he'll last long on YouTube, the climate there is just as SJW as Twitch. People just can't take jokes, criticism or anything of anything that will hurt their feelings nowdays.

From whats available on YouTube, he's an average gamer at best. I think what really drives his streams home isn't the gameplay itself but rather the character he, or at least I hope it's just a character; portrays and the amount of effort he puts into the production. I can honestly say, after watching one rerun; I found myself more entertained than any of the other streamers for sure. Good content for when I'm doing Cardio.

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He knows exactly what happened!
His last words on Twitch was like: Umm..shit...puuuhhh...we gonna get through this...over and out!
*slightly paraphrasing*

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Thanks, Shannon, I'm sure you're being honest and not just tryna get some clout

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500k people watched his return...fact

Just here to see to the haters, you might wanna get used to it

he hasn't even started

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@liquid_plasma: odd to worship an internet celebrity lol

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@zimerust: this kind of people endlessly hopes to get noticed by these new "celebrities", just like buying everything advertised by an "influencer", hoping to become as "cool" as them... social medias society.

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321 comments people really do like to hear and see bad news....

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@systemoverload: Where's the bad news? The guy's streaming again...

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@systemoverload: To be fair, this one article has been updated by Gamespot like 20 times now and it gets sent to the front each time

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I play video games since the 80s, never heard of this guy. Apparently he is more important to the gaming community than games themselves.

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@phili878: If you were a tad invested in the streaming side of gaming, you would've heard of him, he's a pretty big deal.

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@phili878: Gaming community isn't hive mind or something. A lot of people couldn't care less about streamers and youtubers. A lot of care. That's okay. Each to their own.

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He probably breached a clause in a contract with Twitch.

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@so_hai: Probably. But a damn important clause it must have been.

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When i first saw this man i thought he was Little Richards. Then i said wait Little Richards Twitching? later i find out that it was not him and the real Little Richards has passed away May 9 2020. This people keep giving this no name no one attention. Never heard of this man before all this crap started. even worse the guy looks like little Richards. Somewhere in heaven the real Little Richards is asking for some respect from this fake him.

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Zzzz Can we move on now?

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Dude is liquid dookie.

Knowing this turd, he'll inevitably do something awful to get himself permabanned from YouTube.

Also, saying "Champions Club" is possibly the loseriest thing to call your fanbase. F this chode.

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@nikolistary: Show me on the doll where Dr disrespect hurt you.

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"Claims He Doesn't Know Why Twitch Banned Him" - While i'm still here waiting for Gamespot to tell us why he was, because apparently they know. But I guess like all the other self proclaimed clout cha....i mean "journalists" they can't say.

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That wig of his shouldve been banned day 1.

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Paying attention gives him power. If we ignore him, maybe he will go away.

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How does he not know the reason when it directly involves him, yet he says let the legal professionals handle it. If his legal team knows, then he knows.

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@Ice-Cube: Very rich of you posting, specially after that terrible thing you did to that person. You know what you did.

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@Saladudo: o.O?

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@Ice-Cube: Hehe.

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@Ice-Cube: Except for all of his words and actions, he can think of NO reason for the ban!

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I like how he pretends he doesn't know why he was banned. Twitch not giving him a clear answer does not = him not knowing why. You don't get a lifetime ban from Twitch and not know why until you are specifically told why. He can't be that stupid. Or maybe he's done so many sketchy things, he's trying to figure out which is the straw that broke the camels back. Never heard of the guy and have no idea what his channel was about so, who knows?

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@bdrtfm: The funny thing is that I bet the Twitch EULA says that they can ban anyone for any reason and not give the reason. It's a private video streaming service and you agree to their terms (usually without reading them) when you make the account. I bet they have been extremely patient and lenient.

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Well Gamespot. In the headline you promised to tell us why Dr. Disrespect was banished and we clicked on the link.

Are you going to fulfill your promise or did you just lie to us? We are waiting for a response.

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@Acheron18: maybe we should get our legal team involved for Gamespot's misrepresentation.

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@Acheron18: Did they change the name of the article? I know GS does that sometimes, because I see nothing in the headline that indicates that they were going to disclose the reason why he was banned.

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@thecupidstunts: Doing it "sometimes" might have been accurate a few years ago. But recently, they seem to change article titles almost hourly to try and get more clicks.

But the previous, previous (yes, they changed the headline for the article twice at least from what it currently is) title was "Why Dr. Disrespect was banned from Twitch".

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@R34Vegeta: Got it. Figured that must have been it. Thanks for clarifying.

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@thecupidstunts: Yeah, they changed it. Originally the link on the main page said "Why Dr. Disrespect was banned".

That is clearly not phrased as a question but is a prime example of the click bait so prevalent on this site.

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@Acheron18: Thanks for explaining.

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Glad we got that cleared up! Thanks GameSpot!

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