Update, 8,7, 3:00 PM EST: Well there’s a timer on the page now counting down to 4:00 PM ESt, so we assume Doc will show up then.
At a certain point yesterday, Herschel “Guy” Beahm, better known as Dr. Disrespect, had over a quarter of a million people watching an image of a gas station. Last month, Twitch banned the celebrity streamer from its platform for what remain unclear reasons, and now he’s plotting a comeback. After a series of videos and teasers, he started streaming the gas station on Youtube yesterday evening, and plans to start streaming today, August 7, at 12:00 PM Pacific Time.
So, if you want to see just how he is going to handle coming back to the world of streaming after the sudden, mysterious ban and continued insistence that he doesn’t know why it happened, that’s when you’ll want to watch: 12:00 PM Pacific Time. I won’t embed, but his channel is here.
In an email, a representative for Dr. Disrespect confirms that the streamer does not have an exclusivity deal with Youtube, and has “immediate plans to experiment with other platforms”, such as Facebook gaming and his website ChampionsClub.gg.
When he shows up, its unclear whether or not he will address the Twitch Ban, but I’d be surprised if we got any more details out of him, for legal and other reasons. He was previously banned from Twitch—temporarily, that time—for streaming from a bathroom at E3, in violation of California’s privacy laws. Despite making a longer, out-of-character apology for the incident, he used it as a source of jokes when he started streaming again and hyped up a comeback.
Disrespect went on a recent charm offensive with a series of interviews in the Washington Post, PC Gamer and CNN, followed by a video on Twitter of himself standing in a neon alleyway with some synth music. He didn’t offer much in the way of new information, but the interviews seemed to indicate that he—and, crucially, his lawyers—believed that a rehabilitative campaign would be possible, and that he would be able to start streaming again, just not at Twitch. He also suggested that he was considering legal action against Twitch for the ban.
While we still don’t have a reason for the ban, it took place against the backdrop of broader action from the streaming service in response to a wave of abuse allegations, after which the company promised to continue enforcing its guidelines with increased rigor against large and small channels alike.
Things were relatively quiet since then, but if the interest surrounding Doc’s static image of a gas station are any indication, plenty of people will turn up to watch the comeback stream: he’s been gaining followers at a solid clip on his new platform. I don’t believe that this whole affair started as a publicity stunt—Disrespect’s strange final stream on Twitch seemed to indicate a person in genuine turmoil—but at this point, it seems like he’s determined to turn the ban into one regardless.
It’s a strange story, but I know I’ll be watching the comeback stream. Not to see him play games, but to see in what way, if any, he addresses the ban and the mystery surrounding it. I don’t think he’ll give us an explanation, but the first few minutes will be interesting, regardless.