Worlds are colliding on YouTube. Former Twitch streamer Dr DisRespect (Guy Beahm) is streaming with PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) on the platform today, bringing two of the most popular and controversial video game streamers in the business under one broadcast. The two streamers are facing off in Fall Guys, the hit party game that’s taken the internet by storm in the last few days. Dr DisRespect first announced the stream on his Twitter with a gif. Take a look for yourself:
You can check out the stream below:
Dr DisRespect made headlines in late June when he was banned from Twitch for violating the platform’s community guidelines. More than a month after the ban, Twitch has declined to go into specifics about why it booted Dr DisRespect and deleted his channel, which boasted over 4 million followers. Dr DisRespect has also claimed that Twitch has failed to inform him of a reason why he was banned. Twitch allegedly cut all communication with the streamer after the ban. The streamer has since teased that he’s pursuing legal action again the platform.
At the time of the ban, a Twitch spokesperson offered news outlets only a generic 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. These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.”
A violation of Twitch’s community guidelines or terms of service can mean many things, from a DMCA copyright violation to something much worse. 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 streaming industry insider Rod Breslau which points to a more serious reason behind Beahm’s Twitch ban, have yet to be proven true or false.
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.
PewDiePie, who first rose to fame as a Let’s Play video creator and grew into the most-viewed YouTube creator on the planet, has been the subject of quite a bit of controversy himself. In 2017, Disney severed ties with the streamer after he posted videos that contained anti-Semitic rhetoric. PewDiePie faced further criticism after he used a racial slur while live streaming a game of PUBG.
In 2018, PewDiePie was called out for misogynistic comments he made towards female Twitch streamers, including popular streamer Alinity. He was also called out for promoting another YouTube creator of videos containing white supremacist and anti-Semitic messaging.
PewDiePie signed an exclusive streaming deal with YouTube earlier this year.