Guy Beam, better known as popular streamer Dr. Disrespect,
Was permanently suspended from Twitch for unknown reasons in June 2020. A year later, he sued his ban, saying that the loss of his Twitch channel not only affected him financially but also caused severe reputational damage. However, it’s all over now, and Dr. Disrespect and Twitch have become friends again.
“I have resolved my legal dispute with Twitch,” Dr. Disrespect said in a message posted on Twitter. “Neither side admits any wrongdoing.” Okay, it’s not exactly a warm hug and a thrilling performance. Good old time, but it’s probably as good as we’re going to get. It’s been almost two years since Dr. Disrespect was banned, and we still don’t know what caused it. Dr. Disrespect himself claimed he didn’t know the reason for getting the boot until after it happened – in fact; he hinted last year that the reason for the suspension was part of why he sued Twitch in the first place.
Twitch confirmed the settlement in a nearly identical email sent to PC Gamer: “Dr. Disrespect and Twitch have resolved their legal dispute. Neither side acknowledges any wrongdoing.”
And in response to the second most obvious question stemming from the settlement,
Both Twitch and Dr. Disrespect have stated that he will not be returning to Twitch. The first most obvious question is why was he banned from Twitch at all?— remains unanswered. Overall, I have to say that this is a very disappointing conclusion to one of the biggest video game dramas of 2020.
Dr. Disrespect is still active on YouTube, where he currently has just under 3.8 million subscribers and is also returning to game development (before becoming a streamer, Guy Bam worked at Sledgehammer Games on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Advanced Warfare) with a new studio. Called the Midnight Society. The studio is currently working on what it describes as “the best, most community-driven PVP online multiplayer experience the world has ever seen.” Since 2016, Electronic Arts has traditionally used the week of E3 in early June to host its own EA Play Live event, during which the publisher makes many of its most important announcements of the year. This is coming to an end in 2022.
EA has decided to cancel this year’s event in favor of what sounds like small presentations. Focused on each new and upcoming game individually. In a statement sent by IGN publisher says:
We love EA Play Live as it’s our way of connecting with our players and sharing the latest with all of you.
However, things don’t add up this year to show you everything on one date. Exciting things are happening in our world-class studios, and we’ll be revealing a lot more about these projects this year when the time comes for each one. We look forward to spending time with you throughout the year! This move hardly came as a surprise. EA Play Live skipped E3 entirely last year and closed a few weeks later in July, and since E3 itself looked like it hadn’t started this year, EA didn’t have much incentive to stick to that traditional announcement schedule.
This… seems to be normal for most of you, I guess? I can’t remember the year people got bloated for EA announcements at E3, or even EA Play Live, as many of the publisher’s important announcements have already been made on their own schedules. That said, this is pretty grim news for those still clinging to the love of the old-fashioned E3 season/summer announcements. EA Play Live was only invented because E3 ran out of steam, so the fact that EA Play Live itself was thrown into the trash says a lot about how dead the old “here’s all our new stuff in one place!” is the trend seems to be in 2022.