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Why was Dr Disrespect banned on Twitch? Everything you need to know

Published: 5/Jul/2020 13:39

by Brent Koepp

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It’s been over a week since Twitch streamer Dr Disrespect was suspended, shocking the gaming community. Rumors and speculation have been rife since his apparent permanent ban, but things are not yet clear – here’s what we know so far.

Dr Disrespect had become the self-proclaimed ‘Face of Twitch’. Portrayed by Guy Beahm, the personality’s over-the-top 80s action hero character and his movie-level production made him a hit with viewers.

On June 26, reports claimed the streamer had been permanently banned. This comes fresh off the steamer having just signed a multi-year contract with the Amazon-owned company in March.

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Dr Disrespect during the final moments of his last stream on June 25.

Dr Disrespect banned from Twitch

Dr Disrespect’s account suspension was first reported by Twitch Partner ban tracking account ‘StreamerBans’ at 12:01PM on Twitter.

Soon after, Twitch sent out an official statement to outlets including Dexerto that said “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 as to what he had done.

However, soon after, industry insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau tweeted out “Sources: DrDisrespect has been permanently banned from Twitch” before following up to clarify “Sources: it is not DMCA.”

Dr Disrespect responds

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,” he said. “Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time.”

He did not, however, confirm how long the ban would last, or if it was permanent. Though, if Twitch has yet to confirm the reason, they may not have disclosed the length either.

Twitch community reacts to the news

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.

Streamer and former Twitch Staff member ‘ShannonZKiller’ further fueled speculation on social media, when she claimed to know why the star was banned and said it was “serious” in a now-deleted tweet. “From my own sources: Doc is indeed done, and not just on Twitch. I know why and cannot say. But this is serious,” she said.

Twitter: @ShannonZKiller
A former Twitch staff member alleged to have known what Doc had done to get banned.

Slasher later updated everyone on what he knew. “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 dont feel comfortable with it currently,” he said.

Twitch refunds Dr Disrespect subscriptions

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.

Mrs Assassin speaks out and thanks fans

Dr Disrespect’s wife, known as ‘Mrs Assassin’, spoke out though an Instagram story late on June 26. In the statement, she thanked 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.

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Instagram: mrsassassin
His wife thanked the Champions Club for their support following Dr Disrespect’s ban.

Doc’s last stream

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.

(Topic starts at 7:35.)

Dexerto will keep you updated on all the latest news regarding Dr Disrespect’s supposedly permanent ban from Twitch.

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Myth justifies surprising decision to unfollow everyone on social media

Published: 3/Dec/2020 7:58

by Brad Norton

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Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani is taking a new approach on social media, as the popular TSM content creator has revealed why he felt it was time to “experiment” by unfollowing everyone on all of his accounts.

Myth is one of the most popular content creators on the internet. The 21-year-old boasts over seven million followers on both Twitch and Instagram, with another four million subscribers on YouTube as well. He’s grown a massive community with his energetic vibes and impressive gameplay, but Myth just made a drastic change.

Across all social media accounts, the content creator has now wiped the slate clean. He no longer follows any streamer pals, no business contacts, or anyone in between. Myth follows a grand total of zero accounts across all of his platforms.

Why make such a sudden change? Myth explained it all in a series of tweets on December 2. In a difficult year as it is, he felt it was the right time to “experiment with having zero people followed across [his] social media sites.”

One of the main factors behind this decision was to stop himself from “comparing” to others. It can be easy to see idyllic Instagram posts, for instance, and feel a little down in the dumps by comparison. Everyone can empathize with that experience these days. So in order to block it out, his social media is now wiped clean.

The current global crisis certainly didn’t help either. “I’ve had some of the loneliest moments of my life,” he explained. “Social media doesn’t make that feeling any better, at least with the way I currently use it. It just ends up making me feel like other people got it better”

Obviously, most social media personalities are often sharing the highlights in their lives. Rarely do we see our favorite content creators truly breaking down that barrier and sharing everything. Most of the time, we only see what they want us to see. Myth is well aware of this and understands “that’s not the full reality of things.”

Despite this, it’s still a “really draining mindset to have,” he explained. “I wanna eradicate it.” In light of his transparency, countless others reached out to commend his decision. 

“You’re an amazing streamer,” Dakotaz followed up. “Do whatever you gotta do.”

While Myth has unfollowed everyone, he wanted to stress that he’ll still be active and interacting with his fanbase. “I can still see and appreciate comments and messages,” he added.

Don’t expect Myth to keep his accounts this clean forever though. It may be a solid reprieve during this chaotic year, but even he joked that in “six months [he’ll] definitely be back” to his usual ways.