Guy Beahm, best known for his uber-popular Twitch persona Dr DisRespect, has become the subject of intense internet speculation after he was banned from the streaming platform on June 26. Three weeks after his suspension, Twitch has yet to give a concrete reason behind the suspension beyond a general statement on the matter.
“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,” Twitch said at the time. “These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.”
Many theories have been posted online and spread on Twitter, Reddit, and other forums. Some, like a 4chan rumor that Beahm had left Twitch to start a new streaming platform called Brime, were debunked. Other rumors and reports, including one by esports industry insider Rod Breslau that points to a more serious matter behind Beahm’s Twitch ban, have yet to be proven true or false.
Beahm declined to comment on any specific theories or rumors in his first interview since his Twitch ban last month. He told The Washington Post that he has yet to hear why he was banned and that he’d only learned of the ban after it was mentioned in somebody else’s stream. When he reached out to Twitch, the platform confirmed that he’d been suspended but would not give a reason behind the action. Now we’ve learned in a separate interview that Twitch has cut off all contact with the streamer and that Beahm is done with the streaming platform for good.
“Yeah, that’s the kind of the mind-blowing thing about all of this,” Beahm told PC Gamer, also revealing that he’s considering legal action against Twitch. “Obviously, for legal counsel, I have to be careful here. But I can say however, that I will not be returning to Twitch, so, I mean, that’s it.”
The ban came just months after Beahm signed a multi-year exclusivity deal with Twitch, locking him into the platform at a time when other popular streamers like Ninja and Shroud had been poached by Microsoft for its own Mixer streaming service, which was recently shut down. Beahm confirmed to The Washington Post that Twitch had voided his contract. The streamer had stood to earn $10 million per year from the deal, according to Kotaku.
Beahm told PC Gamer is planning his return to live streaming on another platform. The outlet confirmed that Beahm is “considering streaming independently on his championsclub.gg website [the official site of his fan club and merch store], in addition to other big options like YouTube and Facebook.”
But Beahm has yet to make a final decision. He did reveal that he’s not looking to sign another exclusivity deal like he did with Twitch regardless of which platform he ultimately chooses for his return.
“All the cards are on the table,” Beahm said. “And, again, it’s just making sure that the decision that we make, and the route that we take is the correct route for the community to follow in. And I think that’s most important, is the Champions Club. They want to see the Doc back and I want to get back and, yeah, we’ve definitely got some decisions to make.”
Beahm did elaborate further on what his return might look like, teasing only that it’ll be “Doc 3.0.”
“Ah, man, you’re going to have to tune in to find out,” Beahm said. “That’s part of the fun. I think that’s one of Doc’s things is doing these cool projects and the big surprise elements that are involved. Whether it’s directly through the stream or a combination of social media and the stream but, fans should expect Doc 3.0. We’re launching new cinematics focused on pushing the envelope, just like I’ve tried to since I’ve started streaming and that’s the focus.”
Asked what “Doc 3.0” meant, Beahm was equally cryptic.
“I don’t want to go into the details of what that means. But when you start to look at potential projects outside of the streaming space, and then you combine those with the character in the streaming space, I think you’re gonna see his universe open up a lot bigger. And that’s probably the best way I could describe it.”
When PC Gamer likened the “Doc Universe” to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Beahm replied, “That’d be the goal. That’d be the goal.”
Before the ban, the streamer had also struck a TV development deal with SkyBound Entertainment to produce a show. Beahm told The Washington Post and PC Gamer, the deal is still on and that he’s “working really hard. We’re ready to go. You know, we’re excited to take those next steps.” SkyBound declined to comment on the project’s progress, per The Washington Post.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.