Twitch has reactivated Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm’s account two weeks after suspending the streamer for broadcasting in a public bathroom.
Although Beahm hasn’t streamed since the channel was reactivated, his page displays an active chat ready for the personality’s anticipated return to the site. Beahm hasn’t said much about the suspension since it was handed out 14 days ago while he was attending the E3 video game conference, but he has poked fun at the scenario and teased a return.
A video recap of his time at E3, posted on YouTube, includes a joke at the end about his decision to broadcast from various bathrooms at the Los Angeles Convention Center. He posted a video on Twitter teasing his return on June 21st and followed that up with a joke about his new streaming setup on June 24th, which included a poster about recording being prohibited.
When Beahm was originally suspended, other streamers within the community assumed he would return to a high amount of fanfare. That turned out to be true. Even without Beahm actually sitting in front of his camera and streaming, the community has started to send in donations and gift subscriptions.
“He’s not even live and his chat is popping off,” streamer Marshall Hayden tweeted last night. “Subs, gifted subs. HOLY FAWK MAN!!! Firm handshakes Champions Club!”
His suspension became an exemplary case for Twitch as the company attempts to moderate its creators’ behavior while also keeping top personalities on the site. Although two weeks is a sizable length of time for a first-time ban (the company usually doles out 24 or 48-hour suspensions), it’s not the longest suspension period Twitch could have used. Beahm is one of Twitch’s most popular streamers, with more than 3.2 million followers and approximately 20,000 paid subscribers. Keeping Beahm on the platform is an important business decision.
Beahm hasn’t said when he’ll actually return for his first stream post-suspension, but multiple people on Twitter are guessing it will be today. The last time that Beahm returned to Twitch after a lengthy period of time away, he managed to break the record for most concurrent viewers at the time and was even credited for “breaking” Twitch.