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Entertainment • Aug 15, 2019

Dr Disrespect explains why streamers should unionize - "Show a little respect"

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Dr Disrespect explains why streamers should unionize - "Show a little respect"
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Dr Disrespect has had an idea on his mind for a long time and finally managed to get it off his chest during a Twitch stream on August 14. He thinks streamers should come together and unionize. 

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The popular internet personality has built up a reputation for not pulling any punches in his assessments, whether it be related to games like Fortnite and PUBG, or more broadly by criticising the platform he streams on. 

However, during his broadcast the Two-Time offered a potential solution for streamers who feel like they've been hard done by. 

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Dr Disrespect thinks he has an idea other Twitch streamers need and may support.

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"I feel like us high level streamers, high level ones with lots of viewage, I'm talking mid five figure thousand viewers - or me millions... We've got to create a union," he said. "We've got to do a union."

The Doc has been linking up with Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins for streams, despite the Fortnite star making his move to Mixer, and it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that issues surrounding Blevins' Twitch channel - such as pornographic material being advertised there since his departure - might have sparked the reaction. 

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However, it appears that this incident, as well as other criticisms that he's had of Twitch specifically, are not the root cause of his concerns."I have to get it off my chest here," he continued. 

While EA sponsored a number of players to play Apex Legends during the livestream, Dr Disrespect appeared to suggest that people that are dedicated to their games aren't being selected, but instead developers are choosing streamers that are more well known. 

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That wasn't the end of his rant, either, as he steered away from generic points to make it more specific, in the case of EA. 

"I'm sitting there with 38 million people watching, while someone - maybe Tim K - is getting paid big," he said. "There's something wrong with that process and I don't fucking like it. Clean up your act EA. Show a little respect." 

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With so many different cases where broadcasters feel that they have been mistreated, as xQc did when he was handed a short-term ban for accidentally showing a penis on stream, it seems likely that the prospect may be a popular one - particularly in the case of top streamers. 

Whether this, or a number of other issues that streamers face on a day-to-day basis, will ever result in the formulation of a streamers union remains to be see. It is an interesting proposition, though. 

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