Dr Disrespect has been unbanned from Twitch, two weeks after his account was taken down. Last night, the streamer’s fans noticed that they were once again able to access the channel, which has been unavailable since June 11.
The 14-day ban was a result of the streamer’s first IRL stream, which he broadcast from E3. While attending the expo, Dr Disrespect, whose real name is Herschel Beahm IV, entered a public bathroom while his stream was still running, violating California law. Soon after, he was banned from Twitch and ejected from E3.
In the intervening fortnight, the streamer has stayed pretty quiet, although plenty of other members of the Twitch community piped up about his ban, and as a result, his return to the platform came as something of a surprise. Even though his Twitch channel is, for now, only displaying a screensaver telling viewers that Dr Disrespect is currently offline, the chat is ticking over at a surprising rate, even after being put into subscriber-only mode.
There is, however, some degree of precedent for that. After a self-imposed exile from Twitch in early 2018, Dr Disrespect’s return crashed the entire site, resulting in what was, at the time, one of the biggest-ever audiences for a non-esports-related broadcast.Watch live video from DrDisrespect on www.twitch.tv
With that in mind, I dread to think what kind of numbers we’ll see when the Doc returns to the site this time around. In the past, streams have tended to go live around or a little before midday PT (15:00 ET, 20:00 BST) so look out for a broadcast around then.
It would seem that despite the two-week ban, Beahm hasn’t entirely learned his lesson. A highlight vlog in the wake of the stream ended on a shot of the streamer in toilet stall – quite possibly the moment that got him in trouble in the first place – and was predated by news that his fictional director had been fired – although Alex is pretty likely to make a return, given prior form.