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Dr Disrespect hints that Twitch banned him to save money

Published: 29/Sep/2020 16:50

by Andy Williams


Former Twitch star, Dr Disrespect, has hinted towards the reason for why he was axed from the Amazon-owned platform back in June of 2020.

There’s no denying that Dr Disrespect is a titan of the streaming realm. Once the self-proclaimed ‘face of Twitch,’  he brings an entertainment and production value most streamers can only aspire to.

But when the Doc was spontaneously banned from Twitch on June 26, this sent shockwaves which rippled through the livestreaming world. Since, everyone has speculated about the now-infamous ban, including 100 Thieves’ CEO, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag.

Fast-forward more than three months since Twitch swung the banhammer, and the world is none-the-wiser as to why Dr Disrespect was cut from the platform. But, during his September 28 broadcast, he hinted towards the reason.

Dr Disrespect streaming.
Dr Disrespect (YouTube)
The Doc has continued his streaming ventures on YouTube following his Twitch ban.

Twitch banned Dr Disrespect to save money?

After running riot with Odell Beckham in Verdansk, the Doc took some time to interact with his viewers’ donations. During this, the Two-Time was prompted to “say the truth,” to which he explained that “he’s been wanting to speak his mind for a long time.”

The Doc also added that he’s “being silenced by a process that we have to go through” while he continues to stream on YouTube. But after receiving another donation from a fan who claimed to be a “25-year active duty Master Chief”, the Doc provided a cryptic response which seemingly delved into the reason behind his ban.

“Imagine the Navy going in there and getting rid of you, just out of nowhere. And then bringing in three new cadets. Because you know what, they say ‘man, even though he’s going to turn Master Chief, that’s a big, huge salary.”

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This comes as Twitch welcomed both Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins back to their streaming platform, after Mixer was acquired by Facebook Gaming. The pair will no doubt have settled on a hefty sum before penning an exclusive contract with Twitch.

As for the third cadet, it’s possible Dr Disrespect was referring to Logic, the ‘retired’ rapper who signed with Twitch in July in a seven-figure deal. Or, it could be a streamer who is yet to be announced.

This speculation was fueled by Esports Talk, who questioned if shroud and Ninja could be the ‘cadets’ referred to.

Of course, this still isn’t an explicit response. And based on his previous response regarding “being silenced by a process,” it seems that those looking to gain the exact reason behind Doc’s ban will have to wait a little while longer.


DragonForce’s Herman Li banned from Twitch amid DMCA drama

Published: 27/Oct/2020 13:36 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 13:50

by Lauren Bergin


Popular music streamer and DragonForce guitarist Herman Li has had his Twitch account banned on October 27, with the reason still unknown.

In a shock move, Twitch has suspended popular musician Herman Li from streaming on the platform, which he uses to provide insight into the life of professional musicians, as well as to shred his guitar like the metal God that he is.

Known for being the lead guitarist of Grammy-winning heavy rock group DragonForce – the masterminds behind the infamous ‘Through the Fire and Flames’ that dominated every Guitar Hero players’ childhood, Li has been praised over the years for his musical talents.

The guitarist has become somewhat of an icon on the platform, so it shocked fans to see his channel was no longer available.

Li has become not only a DragonForce icon, but a Twitch one too.

Is this a DMCA ban?

At the time of writing, the reason for Li’s ban is unknown. Twitch does not comment on moderation decisions as a matter of privacy.

Speculation though, is that the artist has been banned as part of the new wave of DMCA strikes that have been sweeping across Twitch. As a musical streamer, DMCA makes the lives of musicians particularly difficult. Many have and may be banned in the future due to these new regulations – even if they are playing their own music.

In April, Li was livid as Universal muted his music on YouTube.

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Neither Li nor Twitch have elaborated on why the ban has taken place. No matter the reason though, this news comes will come as a shock to both Li and his fans, especially when he addressed the Twitch ban situation directly on stream back in June, reassuring other streamers that using his band’s music would not result in a DMCA strike.

Li stated that: “We know all these crazy things are happening on Twitch, people getting banned, people getting taken down, DMCA, I can tell you, you can play any song from the latest DragonForce album, Extreme Power Metal, and you will not get a strike. I assure you, you will be ok. Because we are very good friends with our people from the record label, who also love Twitch, so you will not have a problem.”

We will update this story if more details on the reason behind Li’s suspension become clear.