Dr Disrespect is no stranger to controversy. The streamer, whose real name is Guy Beahm, was banned from both Twitch and E3 earlier this week for live-streaming from inside a public restroom at the Los Angeles convention.
On Friday, Beahm uploaded a video recap from his time at E3. Despite a description of "mishaps leads to recaps," the compilation only briefly touches on the banning incident. The 10-minute video mostly features footage of Doc being asked to take selfies with fans while simultaneously railing against mobile games.
Perhaps the most interesting cut from the video comes around the halfway mark when Beahm appears to engage in industry smalltalk with a suit-wearing “show” creator. Doc plays up the “multi-million dollar deal” in a way that feels like a microcosm of the celebrity gaming industry–an awkward old white man throwing money at whatever metric-supported talent appears to be in touch with the kids these days. The video concludes with Beahm being followed into the restroom by Dan "The Body" and his videographer, "Alex."
The recap is ultimately a highlight reel of what would have otherwise been an unremarkable IRL Twitch stream had it not ended in abrupt and controversial fashion. Despite what has been mostly silence on the issue, Beahm's channel and reputation on the platform do stand to grow from the E3 controversy–a story not foreign to his career on Twitch.
In 2017, Beahm revealed on stream that he had committed infidelity and would be taking a subsequent hiatus from streaming to focus on his marriage and family. Upon his return to Twitch two months later, Beahm's broadcast swelled to an astounding 350,000 viewers, a number on par with major esports events. Later in 2018, Beahm's real life collided with his stream again after his house was struck by gunfire during a livestream.
Last week's E3 incident did not unmask Dr. Disrespect like previous controversies, but it has so far played well into the story arc of the Doctor favorably. On the spectrum of activity that streamers are regularly banned for, ranging from racism to doxxing and violence, not knowing the specifics of California privacy law is, while not excusable, mundane. However, justified criticisms of Twitch and the corporate gaming industry may be, fights between the platform and its streamers are inevitably one-sided, as the company will almost never engage in the type of ironic, meme-laden dance that is necessary to win an internet argument, let alone one within the gaming community.
With this loaded balance in mind, it's hard to picture any response path from Beahm that doesn't include brushing off the controversy as a failed attempt by the industry to defeat the self-described "face of Twitch”.