After dropping out of the public eye for a few weeks, renowned streamer Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm opens up about his exile from Twitch during a recent interview.
It’s been three weeks since leading video game streaming site Twitch mysteriously banished Dr Disrespect from their platform, along with several other high-profile streamers.
Twitch offered the public no explanation behind the abrupt ban, and Beahm himself took to Twitter to inform fans that the livestreaming platform hadn’t disclosed the reason to him either.
Naturally, the deafening silence behind the whole ordeal coupled with the recent resurgence of the #MeToo movement in gaming led to speculations aplenty, as legions of people crawled out of the woodwork with their own theories about Twitch dropping the hammer.
At long last, Beahm reached out to gaming publication PC Gamer to offer an interview for a chance to finally clear the air about the events following his exit and to discuss what’s next for Dr Disrespect.
— PC Gamer (@pcgamer) July 16, 2020
The Doc’s not looking for a new platform to call home
PC Gamer kicked off the interview by asking Beahm about what he’d been up to during the three-week silence following him getting axed.
Dr Disrespect reportedly responded that he has a lot of stuff brewing, but mainly he and his team are currently conceptualizing his character’s return. Beahm added that he is “not interested in exclusive at this point,” meaning he isn’t looking for a specific platform to move to exclusively.
He is just focusing on what’s best for Dr Disrespect and his fans, aka the Champions Club, whether that means streaming independently on championsclub.gg, or tapping into YouTube or Facebook among other options.
Why the silent treatment
When asked about the reason for going dark and not reaching out to the public after his ban, Doc replied that it was mostly due to shock more than anything.
“Imagine just going to work one day and the door is closed and you can’t get inside and you’ve been told that you were fired, and you weren’t given a reason why, you know? And so, for me, it was just an initial shock,” said Beahm.
He continued by admitting that he also just wouldn’t have known what to say beyond his one post-ban Tweet regarding Twitch keeping mum about their decision, which they have yet to disclose the reason for.
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
PC Gamer made a follow-up question, asking the Doc why he hasn’t used a social media platform to voice out his outrage surrounding the unjust termination, to which he responded that he was treading lightly from a legal perspective and that he and his team were contemplating legal action.
Drowning out the noise
An inevitable topic that the interviewer touched upon was the speculation of sexual misconduct that may have led to Dr Disrespect’s shutdown since his ban came at a time when the #MeToo movement in gaming was being resurrected.
Beahm, however, made it clear that he wasn’t interested in any of the rumors floating around the internet:
“Listen, I’m not interested in engaging crazy speculation. I’ve seen all the theories, I’ve seen all the possible conspiracies, and it’s just like, I’m just not interested in engaging that type of stuff. I have a great community of loyal fans and I’m totally focused on getting back and delivering great, entertaining content and that’s where the focus is.”
The future of Dr Disrespect
Beahm was pretty stingy about the details of his big comeback, though he did throw around the term “Doc 3.0” quite a few times, and mentioned new cinematics that are currently in the pipeline.
There was even talk about the Doc planning a Marvel Cinematic Universe sort of project, which remains pretty enigmatic at this point.
“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,” explained Beahm.
— Dr Disrespect (@drdisrespect) July 16, 2020
We may never know the real reason behind Dr Disrespect’s departure from Twitch. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see the Doc so excited about making a triumphant comeback and to show off his big plans to the Champions Club.
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