It’s been a busy week for Twitch, the Amazon-owned market leader when it comes to video game streaming. After a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct, the service has begun banning even some of its most prominent streamers, answering past accusations that the company did not apply its code of conduct equally across large and small streamers. Arguably its biggest move was to suspend the account belonging to President Donald Trump’s campaign, banned for hateful conduct—not the largest account on the site by any means, but arguably the highest-profile in a larger sense. One of the largest bans, however, remains a relative mystery.
Guy Beahm, better known as Dr. Disrespect, was one of the biggest names in streaming up until last Friday, leveraging an over-the-top, aggressive fictional persona to widespread success, earning him millions of followers on the site, an exclusivity deal, and even book and TV deals. That’s all in question now, because last Friday his channel dissappeared with little indication why. All we got was a standard statement from Twitch about the code of conduct, and a statement with no specifics from Disrespect himself:
Beyond that, there’s little indication of what’s going on. Some other brands also appear to have scrubbed Disrespect from their licensed offerings, but he still remains elsewhere. Criminal charges are a possibility, but ESPN did not find any warrants, arrests or charges in Los Angeles or San Diego counties. The ban is widely rumored to be permanent, but even that is still unconfirmed.
What we do have to do on is the last moments of Beahm’s final stream, where he appears visibly distressed by something he received on his phone before silently watching a Roblox video and abruptly ending the stream. While Disrespect may be telling the truth that Twitch has not informed him on the specific reasons behind his ban, it seems impossible that whatever he received on his phone is not related.
In these situations information usually comes out one way or another, and that’s still likely to happen. For now, however, the reason for the ban remains a mystery.