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DrDisrespect says there’s ‘big money’ involved in Twitch ban

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The controversial livestreamer returns, for real this time

DrDisrespect looks to the right of his stream. Image: YouTube/DrDisrespect

Former Twitch streamer and current YouTube hopeful Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm officially returned to livestreaming on Friday afternoon. Over 500,000 people tuned in to hear the mustachioed boaster tell his side of the highly publicized Twitch ban, which, he claims, he still has no clue about.

“We still have no idea,” he said at the start of the YouTube stream, before repeating that line a couple of more times.

Polygon contacted Twitch, but the livestreaming company reiterated its previous statement about taking “appropriate action” when a user has “acted in violation” of its community guidelines and terms of service. But as Beahm tells it, he’s still in the dark regarding what happened and why he was taken off the Amazon-owned livestreaming service.

“As far as I’m concerned, we didn’t do anything to warrant a ban, let alone how they went about banning us,” he said. “No communication before, no reaching out, nothing.”

Notably, prior to the ban, Beahm had signed a multi-year deal to stay on Twitch. While numbers weren’t disclosed, presumably Twitch paid good money to ensure that one of its most-watched performers stayed on the platform. Beahm’s comments during the stream suggested there may be some kind of legal movement regarding his contract.

“You’re talking about a heavy contract, lots of money,” he said, noting that he has to be careful about what he says regarding the ban situation. “There’s big money involved. So let the legal professionals do what they need to do.”

Viewers seemed happy to have the vest-wearing entertainer back, with plenty of donations trickling in as Beahm swore that this would be the last time he addressed the situation.

“My conscience, I feel so good,” he stated, before berating people who assumed he must have done something bad to get a ban.

“So that’s your update,” he said. For a portion of the livestream, Beahm opted to watch other creators’ gameplay for titles such as the new-kid-on-the-block battle royale, Fall Guys. He later played some Call of Duty: Warzone. He punctuated the occasion by telling viewers about some upcoming limited-edition merchandise that they could preorder for $30.

“Taxes were heavy this year,” he later added, noting that “for a second, I thought I was in trouble.”

Update: Added mention of DrDisrespect’s gaming during the livestream.