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The hugely popular streamer Dr. Disrespect was banned by Twitch for unknown reasons in June 2020, and the silence has since been deafening. The ban came about a year after the streamer, real name Herschel Beahm IV, signed a two-year exclusivity agreement with the streaming platform and reached more than 4 million subscribers.
Subsequently, Dr. was banned.
“I probably do a quarter of it, a quarter of what I did on Twitch,” Dr. Disrespect begins. “A year after being banned on the platform, well, a lot of people think,‘ Hey Doc, you did well, you’re amazing. ’Listen, we’ve definitely tried to make the most of what we have to work on (…) but the ban on Twitch, as it really affects us, not only from a financial point of view, but from a network point of view, in terms of relationships we have created over the last five years, in terms of Activision and EA, all the big sponsors of the associations have to ask themselves: why did they ban you? "
The reason or reasons for banning the streamer remain opaque. At the time, it was speculated that he would be related to his final current which referred to conspiracy theorist David Icke (the boy who believes the British royal family are lizards). But there was also much more outrageous speculation, probably why the consequences of the ban have caused such great commercial damage.
"A lot of people are wondering, do you know why? I know why now," says Dr. Disrespect. "I've known for months, the reason why. I'll just say it right now: there's a reason we're suing them for shit (Twitch) … I don't know how to put it anymore … the amount of damage and you don't know … you know, eh … "
Then Dr. Disrespect talks to someone off-camera and asks, "What is the first thing you see when you type your name into Google? You see Lamborghini, I get it, but you also see 'Dr Forbidden on Twitch,' for no reason, you think "A big company like Nike will want to work with this question mark? Or a Disney? Fucking shit, fucking shit. I don't know how to say it more man, it's affected us in so many different ways."
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God bless the internet, because we live in an age where lawyers post reaction videos. Michigan Business Lawyer Richard Hoeg Dr. has been following the situation for some time.
The most interesting of the above, and of course I can’t speak in good faith to Mr. Hoeg, is how he instantly focuses on how Dr. Disrespect tries to establish harm to its audience. It softens it by talking about how they maximize what they have to work on and thanks their “champions” for their support, but the overall message is clearly like: Twitch caused massive damage to my career and my ability to win by signing me and then forbidding me and without saying a word.
There are more things to dig into, including the implication that things have gone beyond what anyone knew. When Dr. Disrespect talks about blacklisting and banning shadows, he sets the stage for arguing that Twitch is used as a commercial vendor: the companies he mentions, like Nike, will examine Twitch's decision and follow suit. Therefore, Twitch has ruined its business environment by not only banning it, but has allowed speculation to become aware of why.
A word of warning: Dr. Disrespect says he's suing Twitch, but that may never happen in court. Interested fans can hope so, because everything has to be revealed. The last word goes to Dr. Disrespect himself: "It's been a roller coaster of emotions … and it's absolutely shitty shit."