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Dr DisRespect & Twitch settle lawsuit over his 2020 ban

Dr DisRespect took Twitch to court over his 2020 permaban from the platform. No party was found at fault in the conclusion of the lawsuit.

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One of the more curious stories of 2020 was Guy Beahm, better known as Dr DisRespect, getting banned permanently from the Twitch platform out of the blue. DisRespect had run into a few short bans and timeouts, but this one seemingly came out of nowhere and no one has spoken to the reason why it happened openly. Nonetheless, Dr DisRespect claimed to have learned the reason in 2021 and it was a factor in him taking Twitch to court over the ban. The lawsuit has now concluded, though, and no party admitted to fault.

Dr DisRespect himself was the source of this information, posting the outcome of the lawsuit on his personal Twitter on March 10, 2022.

“I have resolved my legal dispute with Twitch," Dr Disrespect said in his Twitter post. "No party admits to any wrongdoing."

Twitch would confirm the decision in a similary-worded message in response to inquiry from PC Gamer.

“Dr Disrespect and Twitch have resolved their legal dispute. No party admits to any wrongdoing,” Twitch said in its statement.

It’s a bit of a ho-hum conclusion to a rather odd and intense story. Dr DisRespect has faced temporary bans on Twitch before. In 2019, he was temporarily banned for livestreaming from inside a restroom at E3. However, his eventual permaban in 2020 came without warning and did not seemingly follow any particular activity. It just happened without explanation and, at the time, even Dr DisRespect claimed to not know what it was. Twitch and Dr DisRespect were both silent on the specifics of the matter until 2021, when Dr DisRespect claimed to have learned the reason he was banned and chose to pursue a lawsuit against Twitch over it.

The reason why DisRespect was banned has still never been shared. However, it looks like it’s not coming out anytime soon either. With the lawsuit settled and no party at fault, Twitch and Dr DisRespect are still parting ways and DisRespect doesn’t seem to have any plans of coming back to Twitch anytime soon.

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    March 11, 2022 7:50 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Dr DisRespect & Twitch settle lawsuit over his 2020 ban

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      March 11, 2022 7:51 AM

      Wait he sued ??? WTF

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      March 11, 2022 9:34 AM

      Hope he made mega bank. Twitch really screwed him over. It’s near impossible for any streamer to make even half as much on YouTube gaming.

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        March 11, 2022 12:04 PM

        He's running his own game studio, I don't think he's hurting for money.

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          March 11, 2022 12:12 PM

          Interesting. That seems like a big gamble. But maybe he's more loaded than I thought.

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        March 11, 2022 12:30 PM

        I’m sure he will wipe his tears away from the millions people donate.

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          March 11, 2022 12:35 PM

          Still, it's money that is rightfully his that Twitch took away for some unknown reason. Maybe personal vendetta from a higher up?

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            March 11, 2022 12:43 PM

            he does not have some legal right to use Twitch

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              March 11, 2022 12:49 PM

              I think he had some sort of contract with them though, which is why he was awarded some amount of cash

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                March 11, 2022 12:58 PM

                He wasn't given any money, though

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                  March 11, 2022 1:03 PM

                  It sounds like they settled out of court, which usually involves some sort of payout

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                    March 11, 2022 1:06 PM

                    No, it's exactly not that, it was resolved, not settled, in court with no party 'admitting to wrongdoing' - so no leverage was found to cause anyone to pay anyone anything.

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                      March 11, 2022 2:24 PM

                      I read it as they "resolved via a settlement". Twitch would pay him in exchange for being able to admit no wrongdoing.

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                March 11, 2022 2:06 PM

                They also prevented anyone from even playing with him on stream, or even taking part in tournaments with him. They also temp banned people that dressed up like him.

                It's a bit more vindictive than just not having him stream on their service.

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                  March 11, 2022 4:08 PM

                  Twitch has complete control over what brands they allow on their platform.

                  If YouTube bans Alex Jones does that mean it’s wrong for them to ban anyone from interviewing him? Or can he just skirt the ban by making regular appearances in YouTube interviews on other channels?

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            March 11, 2022 2:16 PM

            Was he not banned for taking a camera into a public bathroom that had a kid in it at the time?

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              March 11, 2022 2:25 PM

              That was an earlier temp ban

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                March 11, 2022 10:14 PM

                Good thing he didn't you know, get arrested. Or prosecuted under all the Right Wing Bathroom Bills.

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      March 11, 2022 11:22 AM

      Fuck that guy. I hope he got shit on by Twitch and they didn’t budge. He’s a notable stain on an already pretty shitty and toxic community.

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      March 11, 2022 11:31 AM

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        March 11, 2022 12:07 PM

        lol how do you guys have such disdain for a wwe character , you know Elon is like 10x worse and is an actual asshole right

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          March 11, 2022 12:09 PM

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            March 11, 2022 12:14 PM

            This. WWE characters are interacting with other employees.

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            March 11, 2022 12:28 PM

            ok sure but the other stuff like him telling his audience hes the best, he is the god gamer, "nobody does it better!" that stuff is so tame I feel like and its funny to me. dont really think this is what breeds toxicity in gaming cause its just a parody

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              March 11, 2022 12:32 PM

              "it's just a prank, bro" -- got it, solid argument.

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              March 11, 2022 12:35 PM

              I've found the rule of goats to be broadly applicable to a variety of behaviors.

              Yes, it's a parody, but that doesn't mean it doesn't contribute.

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              March 11, 2022 2:17 PM

              "he filmed minors in a bathroom"

              "yeah but he's funny!"

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              March 11, 2022 10:15 PM

              Yeah all that stuff ISN'T funny to some people though. So what does that leave as a draw?

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            March 11, 2022 2:08 PM

            yikes. what the hell.

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          March 11, 2022 3:10 PM

          Don't worry, I can hate multiple shitheels at once.

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          March 11, 2022 4:40 PM

          The guy who filmed in a bathroom and cheated on his wife. What a great guy!

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          March 11, 2022 6:40 PM

          he filmed in a boys bathroom, with no care at all to blur faces, much less blur the faces of any children in there.

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        March 11, 2022 3:55 PM

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      March 11, 2022 12:43 PM

      The in rumor at the time was he was accused of sexual misconduct via internal chat, one of his moderators was a simp for the woman that he was chatting too and assumed that Dr. D was sexually harassing her when they were just talking as friends. He apparently did nothing wrong nor did she but he had just recently came out with an apology for cheating on his wife so the guy simping assumed he was trying to bang every girl he talked to. So Twitch banned him, didn't want to pay out the contract and sent him packing. Twitch didn't want to back down and take flack for not "protecting female streamers" even though nobody was actually hurt and there wasn't a situation.

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        March 11, 2022 2:18 PM

        I had to google what simping means

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          March 11, 2022 3:08 PM

          Asif defined it for me during wreckfest. See if you played wreckfest you’d know.

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            March 11, 2022 3:09 PM

            I used to back when briefcase duder played it! I corner bombed him one day and then he decided he wouldn't play again.

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        March 12, 2022 8:24 AM

        This "It was all a mistake and he's really a good guy" explanation feels implausible to me.

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      March 11, 2022 12:50 PM

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      March 11, 2022 1:09 PM

      I love this guy. Awesome energy and attitude. I catch him on YouTube now and then. I'm endlessly amused by people's mental gymnastics in trying to paint him as a target

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      March 11, 2022 1:49 PM

      He's garbage and I didn't care when they banned him

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        March 11, 2022 2:51 PM

        Obviously you still care enough to bitch though

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      March 11, 2022 3:02 PM

      I HOPE DR DISRESPECT GETS DIARRHEA AND SOME OF THE POOP SPLASHES POOPY WATER UP HIS BUTT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      March 11, 2022 3:11 PM

      i forgot that he existed

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      March 11, 2022 3:49 PM

      They reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

      Hope he got fucked. Probably not. Might read article later, busy now.

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      March 11, 2022 4:41 PM

      The toxic masculinity this asshole portrays is just sickening. goes back to playing duke nukem

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        March 11, 2022 6:06 PM

        eh, i also remember him spreading covid misinformation, the bathroom incident, and mocking chinese accents

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          March 11, 2022 6:10 PM

          So the average American?

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            March 11, 2022 6:14 PM

            with a platform that reaches millions of people

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          March 11, 2022 7:15 PM

          I think we should decriminalize mocking accents. It's totally fine to make fun a french or german accent. But do a funny Chinese accent and all the sudden you're a monster?

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            March 11, 2022 8:19 PM

            Man it's been ages since I saw a good kung fu movie

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            March 11, 2022 10:18 PM

            I'm not gonna stop quoting Bubble Boy: DO YOU WAN FYE HUNNEH DOLLAH?! - YES I WAN FYE HUNNEH DOLLAH!

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            March 11, 2022 10:56 PM

            It is not now and never has been criminal to do a tasteless accent. What the fuck are you talking about?

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      March 12, 2022 1:15 AM

      I wonder what it’s like to have never made a mistake like so many shackers. The perfect people! We are so lucky to have so many morally pure people here.

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        March 12, 2022 1:53 AM

        Call us Dr Respectable's MD, please. 🧑‍⚕️

        This clown has done nothing but make "stupid fucking mistakes, man". If you truly enjoy his schtick more power to you. In all honesty he is bad/mediocre at games. Whines and complains when he loses, always those damn stream snipers, man. Cheats on his wife/family, films kids in bathrooms, makes constant racist jokes and spreads covid misinformation.

        But if that Gillettee the best a man can get does it for you, by all means.

        So many better more entertaining streamers that don't come off as complete asshats. This is all subjective but watching streamers the past decade+ he's up there in the top 5 I loathe the most.

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