Dr Disrespect Banniversary: One Year After Doc’s Mysterious Twitch Ban, We Still Don’t Know What Happened

Published 06/26/2021, 9:00 AM EDT


Today marks the one-year anniversary of one of the most infamous incidents in streaming history. On 26 June 2020, streaming platform Twitch banned popular content creator and streaming superstar, Dr Disrespect. The permanent ban from the platform for one of the greatest creators in the streaming industry shocked everyone including fans and other creators.

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Since then, fans are still in the dark regarding the details and reasonings behind the ban. The platform and Doc has yet to give a public statement that detail the issues behind Twitch’s decision.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 10: Dr DisRespect attends The 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

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The mysterious Twitch ban on Dr Disrespect

In March 2020, Dr Disrespect signed an exclusive multi-year contract with Twitch. But only three months later in June, his channel disappeared from the platform. Many of Two Time’s fans were worried about the worst for his channel. All their suspicions became true when Twitch later posted a confusing statement confirming his permanent ban from Twitch.

Many fans and creators received a shock of their lifetime because of Doc’s popularity on the platform. Along with that, no one really knew the proper reasoning behind the ban from Twitch. The platform has always sent emails to the creators to clarify the developer’s decision to suspend or permanently ban them. But Dr Disrespect has claimed that he has no clue about the reasoning behind this mysterious ban.

Since then, many fans have theorized about the cause behind this Twitch ban. Some claim that it might revolve around a potential Mixer deal for Doc. Creators like Keemstar and Jake Lucky have talked about the speculations involving former Twitch employees that talked about Doc using the Mixer deal as a leverage to gain a new contract from Twitch. But fans can only consider it to be a rumor until Twitch or Dr Disrespect releases a statement about it, which seems highly unlikely.

What has happened since then?

Following his ban from Twitch, Dr Disrespect moved to YouTube Gaming. Since then, he has grown on a lot on the Google platform with his channel now having over 3.4 million subscribers. He has had some exceptional moments on his livestreams while playing games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and many more. But it’s not been a smooth ride for him.

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: Guy Beahm AKA Dr. Disrespect attends The Game Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on December 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

He has lost his Call of Duty partnership following the axe from Twitch. Along with that, the ban from Twitch is quite harsh as he cannot stream with any players from the platform. So no one has seen him on the purple platform until he accidentally appeared in an advertisement during a Warzone tournament.

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Some creators and friends of Dr Disrespect like Ninja have stated that Doc knows the reasoning behind the ban. But it seems unlikely that fans will ever know about the backstory of one of the biggest moments in Twitch history. Will he ever return to Twitch? Probably not. But fans can always dream about the Champions Club showing up on the purple platform.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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