The former face of Twitch, Dr. Disrespect himself is back! After a nearly two month absence via a mystery ban from Twitch, the world’s most charismatic streamer made his fated return—this time to YouTube.
A series of cryptic tweets in the aftermath of his Twitch ban left fans speculating, asking themselves, “What’s next?”
The 2x Blockbuster champion and entertainment personality returned with a vengeance and a stern reminder to all that no one does it better. After weeks of speculation, the Doc broke his silence and returned to a YouTube stream on Aug. 7 with a peak viewership of 335k, shattering the previous record held by Ninja’s recent debut of 165k. According to the live streaming analytics of Social Blade, during the seven days after the stream alone, his YouTube channel went from 1.7 million to over 2.6 million subscribers.
Towards the beginning of the stream, he made it very clear that he “still has no idea” as to why he was banned from Twitch. It is also still believed that there is no deal in place between YouTube and Doc.
We still don’t know the reason behind the Twitch ban. And we may not know which platform will become his permanent home. But one thing we do know… the Doc is back (and better than ever.)
Who is Dr. Disrespect?
“Violence. Speed. Momentum.”
These three words represent the motto of the gaming world’s most polarizing figure—Dr. Disrespect, “the most ruthless competitor in video game history,” (as described on all of his social media accounts).
“The Champion’s Club,” formerly known as “The Slick Daddy Club,” the name given to his legion of loyal followers, is a testament to the 6-foot-8 larger-than-life gaming sensation’s character and success.
With a social media following of nearly four million, Guy Beahm, better known as “Dr Disrespect”, has established himself as a major player in the gaming realm with his high production value and comedic personality as well as his gameplay of popular games such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, among others. He also has a YouTube following of over two million, with over 170 million views.
Disrespect has a passion for spilling virtual blood while never lacking in charisma or charm. He is over-dramatized but always entertaining.
When in character, “The Doc” wears a black mullet wig, sunglasses, a red or black long-sleeved athletic shirt, and a red or black tactical vest. He also sports a mustache he has named “Slick Daddy” a.k.a “The Poisonous Ethiopian Caterpillar.”
His flamboyant appearance is matched only by his equally dazzling personality and comedic timing, establishing himself as a prominent internet personality. ESPN once referred to the gaming mogul as “a WWE character in the competitive gaming world.”
The “Doc’s” popularity and notoriety has even landed the Twitch star in a surprise appearance on WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown pre-show on October 4, 2019 and sponsorships with the likes of Gillette, ASUS, G Fuel and Razer.
The Rise of the Doc
It was Jan. 11, 2010 when Dr. Disrespect began his assault on the online gaming community, posting his first video on YouTube featuring Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 gameplay.
The video was a big success and The Doc eventually signed a contract with Machinima, making him a partnered creator. This partnership was short-lived however, as he announced his hiatus from YouTube in Feb. 2011 to become the community manager at Sledgehammer Games. He eventually took a level design position and helped create many of the multiplayer maps for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
In 2015, Beahm quit his job at Sledgehammer before resurfacing Dr Disrespect and making his prodigal return to the gaming world. In 2017, The Doc was self-proclaimed as “the face of Twitch” due to his massive viewership, and received esports industry awards for both Streamer of the Year and Gamer of the Year.
In 2019, Dr Disrespect once again won the esports industry award for Streamer of the Year. He is currently live-streaming’s hottest free agent after his confusing ban from Twitch in June. You can even add “future best-selling author” to his resume, as he’s made it clear he intends to publish a book of his exploits.
At this rate, we may see Dr. Disrespect put on sniping clinics and cutting promos to the masses for years to come.
“I’m on top of the mountain, and I’m only half way up!” – Dr. Disrespect