Popular Twitch streamer Dr DisRespect, whose real name is Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, has been banned from the streaming platform for an undisclosed reason. Beahm’s channel, which boasted over 4 million followers, has been removed from the service. Twitch is also refunding subscribers to Beahm’s channel and has removed his emotes. His Twitch partner status has allegedly been revoked.
Kotaku reports that the ban is permanent, citing multiple sources, including “three sources close to Twitch.” Industry insider Rod “Slasher” Breslau corroborates the report, confirming that the ban is indeed permanent and that it doesn’t have to do with a DMCA copyright violation, which has been a reason Twitch has banned streamers in the past.
Shannon “ShannonZKiller” Plante, another popular Twitch streamer, said on Twitter (via GameSpot) that she’d heard from her “sources” that “Doc is indeed done, and not just on Twitch. I know why and cannot say. But this is serious.” Plante later deleted the tweet.
Twitch confirmed that Beahm had been banned from the platform in a statement to IGN, but would not give a reason for the streamer’s removal: “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.”