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Mystery surrounds Twitch removing popular gamer's stream channel

Mystery surrounds Twitch removing popular gamer's stream channel
Mystery continues to surround the abrupt end to one of the world's most popular video game streamers on Twitch.
The Dr Disrespect stream was removed on June 26 without explanation, despite the channel amassing more than four million followers and more than 180 million views. (Instagram - Dr Disrespect)
The Dr Disrespect stream was removed by the site on June 26 without explanation, despite the channel's creator, former US video game developer Herschel "Guy" Beahm, amassing more than four million followers and more than 180 million views.
The sudden move also came months after Beahm is believed to have signed a multi-million-dollar business agreement with Twitch to stream exclusively on the site.
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The Dr Disrespect character shot to fame early on the Twitch platform, known for his mullet, moustache, sunglasses and abrasive personality.
To date, Twitch has not completely addressed why Beahm's channel may have been taken down, but told the BBC yesterday: "We take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service".
Beahm also used the Dr Disrespect Twitter account to address his followers, known among themselves as the "Champions Club", and to say he had also not been given a reason for the move.
"Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision," he said at the weekend.

What is Twitch?

Twitch is a video game live streaming service first created in 2011 that now broadcasts creators playing different products and taking part in globally famous eSports competitions for hundreds of millions of viewers each month.
The platform was bought out in 2014 by consumer giant Amazon for US $970 million ($1.4b) and by May 2018, had 2.2 million broadcasters monthly and 15 million daily active users.

Who has Twitch made famous?

World-famous video game streamer Tyler 'Nina' Blevins. (Instagram - Tyler Blevins)
The streaming platform has helped dozens of influential video gamers generate worldwide audiences comprised of tens of millions of viewers.
While the Dr Disrespect character is among the 10 most popular streamers on Twitch, the site is also known for rising gamers such as Tfue and Ninja to instant fame.
In March this year, Beahm is believed to have signed a multi-year deal - worth millions according to ESPN - with Twitch to use the site exclusively for his content.
Tfue, who is one of the world's most famous 'Fortnite' streamers has grown a fanbase of more than seven million online after also having won more than US$500m ($721m) on the game in eSports competitions.
Meanwhile Ninja was arguably the platform's most famous streamer with over 14 million viewers, until August last year when he announced a groundbreaking deal with Microsoft's Mixer platform to exclusively game with them.
The contract was worth between US$20-30m ($28-43m) for multiple years, Business Insider reported earlier this year.
Despite that, the relationship has since broken down after Mixer announced to all of its users and creators it would no longer be a service due to a buy-out by Facebook gaming.
In Australia, the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association says 91 per cent of households have a device that plays video games in an industry, PWC says, could be worth $24 billion by 2023.
As a comparison, PWC found the global gaming market was worth $280 million in 2014. Spending on esports alone is projected to reach almost $3 billion in just three years.