Twitch banned its prominent streamer Guy "DrDisespect" Beahm on Friday afternoon. No reason has yet been provided for the ban.
In a statement provided to DBLTAP, a Twitch spokesperson said the company was following its standard protocols around violations of its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. It also stressed that these rules apply to all streamers, regardless of size and popularity.
"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," reads the statement. "These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.”
DrDisrespect himself has yet to comment on the ban, and could not immediately be reached for comment.
DrDisRespect signed a multi-year contract with Twitch in March reportedly worth millions of dollars per year. It's unclear how the ban affects the terms of his contract.
DrDisrespect's ban arrives amid both a flurry of bans handed down by Twitch in response to allegations of sexist behavior and sexual misconduct on its platform and a renewed effort by digital rights holders to issue takedown requests using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Twitch previously disciplined DrDisrespect for streaming from inside a public restroom at E3 2019, suspending his channel for two weeks. The brief length of that suspension led to criticism of the company's commitment to enforcing its rules when larger channels — which generate more revenue for Twitch — are those in violation.
UPDATE 6/26/20 at 4:23 p.m. ET: Rod "Slasher" Breslau reports that sources familiar with the issue say DrDisrespect has been permanently banned.
Breslau further says the ban is not related to a DMCA takedown.
Twitch declined to confirm or deny Breslau's reporting to DBLTAP. The company also declined to comment on the terms of the contract between it and DrDisrespect.
This story is still developing.