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Dr Disrespect breaks character to reveal anxiety issues from Twitch ban

Published: 1/Sep/2020 10:25 Updated: 1/Sep/2020 11:12

by Connor Bennett

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Streaming superstar Dr Disrespect took a rare moment away from the violence, speed, and momentum to lift the lid on his battle with anxiety that has been raging since being banned from Twitch. 

When Dr Disrespect was surprisingly banned from Twitch back in June, fans wondered what he’d do next. After some time off, the Doc made his return on YouTube – racking up huge viewing numbers for his big return stream, as well as keeping a steady base afterward. 

While the Two-Time has been chugging along on YouTube, one question has loomed large – why did he get banned from Twitch? He’s already noted that the Amazon-owned platform hasn’t given him a reason, and at this point, it seems unlikely that they ever will. 

That, he explained during an extremely personal moment at the end of his August 31 stream, has brought on a battle with anxiety. 

Dr Disrespect in a Lamborghini
Dr Disrespect, YouTube
Dr Disrespect was one of Twitch’s biggest streamers before being struck with a ban.

“I’ve played sports my whole life, been in high-pressure situations – free-throws, game on the line, obviously streaming in front of tons of people with the game on the line – we’ve lived a good life, and I’ve never dealt with anxiety before,” the streaming superstar said, noting that he was flying high before everything was taken away from him with the surprise ban.

“The fact that I am here live on YouTube, it’s been a fantastic return, but my anxiety levels are something that comes in these huge waves and I’m having a hard time dealing with it, I’ll be honest.”

The Two-Time continued on, adding that he’s made comebacks before after being banned and battled through adversity, but this time it’s different as everything he’s worked for was taken away under his nose. “It was on me, I accepted the responsibility,” the Doc said about his previous bans. “What do I accept in this case? I don’t accept anything and there’s nothing I can do about it.”

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He brought his rare look behind the curtain to a close, noting that it was something he had to share with his fans.

“So, there might be days where the Doc seems off/feels off, we’re trying to learn the dark alleyway man – we’re trying to get out of it. So, to think that I’m here and I’m just moving on – I’m not, I can’t. How? Right, how? How can I? I’m trying, but how can I?”

With his ban reason still unknown, Doc continues to fly solo on YouTube as he’s unable to play with anyone who is live on Twitch as they risk a ban for having him on there while his account is banned.

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Asmongold slams Twitch for adding new “intrusive” mid-stream ads”

Published: 1/Nov/2020 1:06

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Twitch has added new mid-stream ads in recent weeks, and popular streamer Asmongold is not happy about it, calling them “intrusive” and “disappointing.”

In the past month, threads have been popping up left, right, and center claiming that Twitch has added mid-stream ads. It started as an experimental feature in which an automated mid-roll of ads would happen to randomly selected viewers.

However, it seems to have become the norm now, and it’s gotten streamers as well as viewers concerned. Asmongold learned about them for the first time in his latest stream, and he was less than impressed.

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Asmongold is one of the most popular World of Warcraft streamers in the world.

It all started when he watched his own stream from the perspective of a viewer and noticed there were ads running that he didn’t set.

“Commercial break in progress?” he said in disbelief, repeating the phrase for good measure. He was also surprised to discover that he was in the top 30 channels who run ads per day. 

“For the past two months, Asmongold is in the top 30 channels that run ads,” he added. Still, it paled in comparison to the number of daily ads on Hasan ‘Hasanabi’ Piker stream, which was more than double of the person in second place.

This prompted him to go down a rabbit hole, hopping from thread to thread. Once he got up to speed, he said he was “very frustrated” with the issue. However, he couldn’t stream on YouTube to protest “even if he wanted to” due to contractual obligations.

That didn’t stop him from sharing his thoughts though. “If Twitch wants to force ads, I think that we should say, okay, Twitch you are going to force ads. You have to force ads. Fine. Let’s talk about a way to do it that is not intrusive to the viewer,” he said.

“The viewer is why this website succeeds. The viewer is why this website grows.” It’s a sentiment that the thousands upon thousands of viewers in his chat appreciated. 

“The moment that you stop taking into consideration the actual consumer of the product and you do things to make money off of them without providing a value, that is whenever your company and your product begins to fail,” he added.

Later on, he still couldn’t shake it off. Ultimately, he decided to contact Twitch support and drafted up an impassioned Tweet with a little help from his viewers.

“Hey @TwitchSupport some of my viewers have been getting SPAMMED with ads that I didn’t run and that happen as midrolls and not prerolls,” he wrote. “Some have said they have gotten over 20 ads in less than 3 hours. Is this intended and what can I do to make it stop?”

Asmongold’s post has already gained nearly 7,000 likes, and it seems like he’s become a voice for the people on the matter.

He said he doesn’t know whether it’s intended or not. But either way, he hopes it will at least force an explanation.

Twitch has not commented on the issue yet, at least not publicly. However, it’s fair to say that streamers and viewers alike will be eagerly awaiting their response.