Streamer Dr Disrespect was permanently banned from Twitch during the Summer of 2020 and since then rumors and speculation have been rife over why he was removed from the platform. As of March 2022, the legal dispute has been resolved.
Doc was the self-proclaimed ‘Face of Twitch’ before getting the cold shoulder from the site, and one of the most-followed streamers on the platform. Portrayed by Guy Beahm, the personality’s over-the-top 80s action hero character and almost Hollywood-level production made him a hit with viewers.
On June 26, Dr Disrespect’s channel was removed from Twitch, and reports claimed the streamer had been permanently banned. This came just after the steamer signed a multi-year contract with the Amazon-owned company in March 2020 to keep him on the site for the foreseeable future.
Two years later, the legal dispute between the Doc and Twitch has been resolved – with neither party accepting wrongdoing. Here’s everything we know about the most high-profile and controversial ban in Twitch history.
- Dr Disrespect banned from Twitch
- Dr Disrespect responds
- Twitch community reacts
- Refunded subscriptions
- Mrs Assassin speaks out
- Doc’s final stream
- Moving to YouTube
- What’s the situation today?
Dr Disrespect’s account suspension was first reported on June 26.
Soon after, Twitch sent out an official statement to outlets including Dexerto: “As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.”
Outside of stating that Doc had “acted in violation” of Community Guidelines, no explanation was given at the time as to what he had done, and we’re still waiting for an answer.
On the evening of June 27, a day after his suspension from Twitch, the streamer finally broke his silence with a statement on Twitter: “Champions Club, Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision. Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time.”
Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision… Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time.
— Dr Disrespect (@DrDisrespect) June 28, 2020
At the time, however, he did say how long the ban would last, or if it was permanent. To this day, Twitch still hasn’t confirmed a reason, or disclosed a length for the ban other than “permanent” either.
As reports began to come out that alleged that the streamer’s ban from Twitch was permanent, Beahm’s close friend and collaborator Timothy ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar reacted to the news during a live broadcast. “When I was talking to Doc, all he said was that he was talking to Twitch to figure out what happened,” he said.
Slasher later updated everyone on what he knew as well.
“Look: for several hours now I have been told from credible sources the reason DrDisrespect has been banned,” he wrote. “However, due to the importance and sensitivity around the subject, I have refrained from going on it. I don’t feel comfortable with it currently.”
look: for several hours now I have been told from credible sources the reason DrDisrespect has been banned. however due to the importance and sensitivity around the subject I have refrained from going on it. i don't feel comfortable with it currently
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) June 27, 2020
Hours after the Two-Time Champion had been banned, viewers began to report that Twitch had refunded their subscriptions to his channel, as well as removing his emotes from the platform.
This was a significant indicator that his ban was in fact permanent, as temporary suspensions typically do not result in subscriptions being refunded.
Dr Disrespect’s wife, known as ‘Mrs Assassin’, spoke out through an Instagram story late on June 26, thanking fans for their “love, support, strength, and kindness.”
While the letter didn’t reveal anything further, it was the first time anyone had heard anything from within Doc’s camp. Mrs Assassin has often been featured as a character during his livestreams.
Social media was sent into a frenzy when footage from Doc’s last stream was uploaded to YouTube and sparked confusion.
In the clip, the streamer suddenly goes quiet and says “I appreciate everyone watching today. We’ll get through this Champions Club. I know it’s tough, life’s weird right now. We’ll get through this okay. And uh…f**k,” before abruptly ending his broadcast.
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Then, the next day on August 7 he actually went live for the first time on YouTube to over 500,000 viewers, clearly showing he still had what it took to pull the people in, despite the ban, and since then, that’s where he’s remained.
Dr Disrespect suing Twitch over his permanent ban
During a live stream on August 23, the Two-Time claimed that he’s taking legal action against Twitch as a result of his ban in 2020.
Doc also stated that he’s known about the reason for his ban for some time now, and is making no bones about his attitude toward the situation.
“There’s a reason why, and I’ll just say this right now champs — there’s a reason why we’re suing the f**k out of ’em, ok?” he said. “I don’t know how else to put it, the amount of damages, and you just don’t… nah.”
There’s been no word from Twitch regarding his latest claims, just yet.
If you’re reading this, that means that Doc is still banned on Twitch, and continues to stream to the Champion’s Club on YouTube. While the Two-Time hasn’t given an exact reason for his ban, he has hinted that it had to do with the significant amount of money he was set to receive for his multi-year deal with the site.
“Imagine the Navy going in there and getting rid of you, just out of nowhere,” Doc told a viewer in September 2020 after they asked about the situation. “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.”
On March 10, 2022, Dr Disrespect announced that legal proceedings had ended.
He also confirmed in a follow-up tweet that he would not be returning to Twitch.
With no public legal proceedings taking place, it is likely we may never find out the root issue at the core of the Doc’s ban. Whether he will be unbanned from the platform itself now, remains to be seen.
So, there you have it – all we know on Dr Disrespect being banned on Twitch. As more information is revealed, we’ll update this piece accordingly.