Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm was banned from Twitch on Friday, June 26. Sources are reporting that he may have been permanently banned from the platform, though that has not yet been confirmed.
Notably, Twitch streamer Dennis “Cloakzy” Lepore replied to the tweet regarding the permanent ban, pointing out that Doc’s emotes are still available for use, which he says would not be the case if the ban was actually permanent.
“He still has emotes on twitch, if he was [permanently banned] people wouldn’t be allowed to use them,” he wrote.
Dr Disrespect has over 4.4 million followers on Twitch alone, and has nearly 182 million views on the channel. He consistently draws over 50,000 viewers each time he goes live. He also has over 1.5 million followers on Twitter and 1.6 million on YouTube.
Doc is known for his 80s persona and over-the-top antics while streaming.
Twitch has now started refunding subscriptions to the channel, and the emotes are no longer available to use on the site, which likely verifies that the ban is permanent.
During the last few minutes of his last stream, Doc became visibly upset before saying, “We’ll get through this, Champions Club.”
Dr Disrespect’s Channel Has Been Banned
Sources: DrDisrespect has been permanently banned from Twitch
— Rod "4475 SR & Immortal peak" Breslau (@Slasher) June 26, 2020
Though it’s not clear how long the ban is for, the streamer has definitely been banned off the platform for at least some time. This is not the first ban the doc will have gone through, but it’s possible that it’ll be the last. Doc was previously banned for entering a bathroom while streaming at an E3 conference.
This ban of Doc’s account comes on the heels of Twitch cracking down on sexual assault allegation bans as well as bans due to DMCA strikes on accounts.
Doc himself has not come forward about the ban, though it’s likely he will soon. The “Champions Club” leader has thousands of viewers each time he goes live on the platform.
The ban will also put a damper on Doc’s charity event, which was to go throughout all of June. He was donating each donation directly to Black Lives Matter initiatives until the end of the month. He’d raised thousands of dollars for the charity at the time of his ban.
Now, if someone visits the page where Doc would go live, they get a notification that the page no longer exists.
Twitch Bans Accounts Amid DMCA Takedown Requests and Sexual Assault Allegations
watching a video of the last 8 minutes of todays DrDisrespects stream, he changes behavior abruptly and mumbles out an extremely odd ending
"We'll…we'll get through this champions. life's weird right now….we'll get through this okay. and uh…..fuck" pic.twitter.com/sXXHRbtVij
— Rod "4475 SR & Immortal peak" Breslau (@Slasher) June 27, 2020
It’s not only Doc who has gotten hit by a ban in the last few days, and Twitch has been cracking down on larger issues around the site for the past few weeks.
The accusations don’t just lead to the bans of partners on the platform, and people have come forward to accuse Twitch employees. Twitch Partner Vio has accused the Twitch Account Director of Strategic Partnerships Hassan Bokhari of sexual assault, sharing nude photos of her without her consent and abusing his powers at Twitch here.
People have also hypothesized that Doc’s ban could be the result of a DMCA takedown notice.
In a response to Polygon’s request for comment, a Twitch representative did not say why Doc was banned.
“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,” the representative said. “These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.”