“Yeah, that’s the kind of the mind blowing thing about all of this”, he continued when asked if he agreed that it was an odd decision from Twitch. “Obviously, for legal counsel, I have to be careful here. But I can say however, that I will not be returning to Twitch, so, I mean, that’s it.”
Asked if he was taking legal action against the platform, he answered: “We are considering taking legal action.”
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PC Gamer asked Beahm if his ban was related to his broadcast discussions on the spread of coronavirus and conspiracy theories linking the disease to 5G networks. He replied, “I don’t think so,” before being cut off by his publicist.
Twitch has handed out a number of bans to streamers accused of abuse and sexual harassment in recent weeks – Beahm was also asked if he knew of any similar allegations regarding himself, and if that could have led to a ban. His reply:
“Listen, I’m not interested in engaging crazy speculation. I’ve seen all the theories, I’ve seen all the possible conspiracies, and it’s just like, I’m just not interested in engaging that type of stuff. I have a great community of loyal fans and I’m totally focused on getting back and delivering great, entertaining content and that’s where the focus is.”
Referring to a much-discussed clip of his final stream – in which Beahm seems to break character completely and becomes downbeat before ending the show – the streamer said that that sequence was unreleated to his ban:
“I was in a moment where I was just sort of taking in what’s going on in the world, you know? If people had context of that clip going into it, and then coming out of it, like, all I was talking about was just the state of the world that we’re in dealing with, dealing with the protests, and the coronavirus, and everything that was happening. It’s just like, man… And at that particular moment, I think I was just kind of going through a, you know, like, when can we break this funk of 2020? It was just me being real on stream. And that’s pretty much the context of that.”
The interview also covers what Beahm’s next steps will be, with the streamer talking about a “Doc comeback” and a “Doc 3.0 experience”. According to a follow-up email with PC Gamer, that could include streaming exclusively on his own Champions’ Club website, or the likes of YouTube and Facebook. He makes clear that “we’re not interested in exclusive at this point”, referring to the kind of exclusivity deals that previously brought major streamers like Ninja to Mixer.
Beahm also mentions that he could take his character “outside of streaming”, which could refer to projects like the Dr. Disrespect TV development deal signed last year. “I think you’re gonna see his universe open up a lot bigger. And that’s probably the best way I could describe it,” Beahm explained of his non-streaming plans.
Twitch has yet to make any comment on its reasoning for the ban – an unusual step, given the platform has been clear about its punishments for even the likes of Donald Trump. While it answers some questions about Beahm’s views on the matter, it leaves much of the mystery of this ban still unsolved.
IGN has contacted Twitch and Beahm for comment.