Earlier this morning, one of the biggest streamers in the world, Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm, announced that he'd be doing his first IRL stream at E3, the biggest gaming show of the year. Hours later, Dr Disrespect's stream had been suspended after the streamer's broadcast wandered into a public bathroom multiple times.
The incident, which isn't available on Twitch but has been reposted online, is pretty straightforward. It shows Dr Disrespect peeing at the urinal, along with four other people, which is a basic violation: you can't film in public bathrooms, not in California (the governing state of Los Angeles) or most other cities.
60,000 people are currently watching a stream in which a gamer called Dr. Disrespect howls from a bathroom stall at E3 pic.twitter.com/7kyz9ZGpXt
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) June 11, 2019
— zucker (@Argument_Judge) June 11, 2019
One of the clips rehosted online — the stream went into multiple bathrooms before it was taken down — shows the camera following Dr Disrespect from outside the bathrooms, and walking back and forth before wandering into an empty stall. Another clip shows the camera walking into the bathroom, before being sent away, only to wander back in and record people at the urinals from only a few feet away. (Kotaku Australia has viewed the clips, but is not linking to them out of consideration of those filmed.)
Twitch hasn't officially commented on the ban, which is standard practice for them, but neither has the former Call of Duty community manager turned streamer. It's customary for Twitch to suspend channels for a short period — usually 7 to 14 days — over TOS violations like this, and for the most part, it's been welcomed on social media.
Even for one of Twitch's biggest personalities, there are some lines that can't be crossed.