Dr. Disrespect Says He Won’t Return To Twitch
Video game streamer Dr. Disrespect said he will not be returning to Twitch after he was banned by the platform with little explanation last month.
For the first time in weeks, the 38-year-old internet personality, whose real name is Guy Beahm, is speaking out about the ban via interviews with several news organizations. Twitch banned Beahm on June 26, and put out a generic statement at the time: “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.” Beahm tweeted the next day, saying that he was not contacted by Twitch as to why his account was terminated. Beahm had signed a two-year contract with Twitch, but was banned by the platform only a few months into it.
In an interview with CNN Business, Beahm said that he was not looking to sign another contract with another platform, but that he will be returning to entertain his 4 million fans after this impromptu vacation.
“In the four years that I streamed on Twitch, I think I took like maybe one vacation,” he said. “Obviously you want to be able to take a vacation on good terms and knowing that you can come back.”
He continued, “These are different terms but at the same time, it’s good for the mind to get away from the tech and the social media.”
— Dr Disrespect (@drdisrespect) July 16, 2020
Beahm has been planning on a return through a new platform, like YouTube Gaming or Facebook Gaming, according to CNN Business. He also signed a TV deal with SkyBound Entertainment.
“I’ve always had this dream of what does the Doc Universe look like instead of just streaming 100% of the time. That’s what we were working towards with a book deal and a TV deal,” he said.
Beahm also told PC Gamer that he was not just not returning to Twitch, but that he and his team were considering taking legal action against the Amazon-owned company.
This is not the first controversy Beahm has found himself in. He has been called out repeatedly in the past for offensive and racist jokes, and had to take a break from streaming after admitting that he cheated on his wife. He was also banned from the gaming convention E3 and had his Twitch channel suspended after he streamed inside of a public men’s room.