Jamie | 2. September 2020

Dr Disrespect Discusses Twitch Ban

The news that Dr Disrespect had been banned from Twitch back in June came as a shock to the Esports industry, with the popular streamer having now made his feelings known about the incident. The American, real name Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, has turned to YouTube following his ban, which is still something of a mystery, leaving his long-term future up in the air.

What Doc Had to Say About his Twitch Ban

In a video posted on YouTube this week, Dr Disrespect has discussed the ban, as well as the impact in which it has had on himself and his career, stating that: “I’ve played sports my whole life. I’ve been in high-pressure situations with a game on the line, streaming in front of a ton of people. Man, we’ve lived a good life. But I’ve never dealt with anxiety before.”

The Doc took a month away from streaming following his initial ban, with it clearly having had a fairly significant impact upon him, with the 38-year-old having told the Washington Post that “I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety.” Beahm is no stranger to controversy, something in which he eluded to in his most recent video, however having seemingly been provided with no explanation for his latest ban from Twitch, it is perhaps unsurprising that it has had such an impact on his life.

Why the Ban is Such Big News for Esports

Having accumulated over 4 million subscribers on Twitch, Dr Disrespect is undoubtedly one of the biggest personalities in the industry today, with his first ever video having been posted way back in 2010. His larger than life persona has attracted the interest of many gaming fans, while he is now believed to be worth an estimated $3.5 million. However, while the streamer admitted that there is currently nothing he can do about the ban, he did state that “I’m having a hard time dealing with it”.

A host of theories have been put forward as to why Twitch banned Dr. Disrespect from their platform, however nothing has been substantiated to date. Showing a different side to his normal character, Doc ended his YouTube video by saying “To think that I’m here and I’m moving on, I’m not. I can’t. How can I? How can I move on?”, something that struck a cord with many viewers.

Maintaining his innocence, Dr Disrespect also made his feelings surrounding what he believes to be unfair treatment known, stating that “It was taken away from us. And to not know why. A lot of people think that the numbers are fantastic and they really are crazy. We’ve come back before through adversity because I accepted responsibility for it. But there was also an opportunity to come back. What do I accept in this case? I don’t accept anything. And there’s nothing I can do about it”

It remains to be seen as to what will come next from Dr Disrespect, however a return to Twitch does not appear likely in the immediate future, especially if his YouTube comments are anything to go by.