Whats Up Doc: The Dr. DisRespect E3 Controversy
Dr. Disrespect’s Twitch Suspension – Recap
It’s now been a week since Dr. DisRespect’s Twitch account was suspended for breaching Twitch’s Terms of Service (ToS), and the length of his account’s suspension is still unknown.
The Esports Personality of the Year Finalist was caught streaming inside the men’s restroom at E3 last week, invading the privacy of those inside the facility, clearly breaking the ToS. Furthermore, he also violated California State privacy laws, which prohibits unapproved filming in a location in which, “a reasonable expectation of privacy exists.”
How Long Will It Last?
While the case seems pretty straight forward, the controversy has sparked discussion amongst the streaming community over the length of his suspension. No details have been announced via Twitch or “The Doc” himself, and speculation has run rampant: some believe the ban will only last 30 days, while others think it could be permanent.
Those in the latter camp cite what happened to former IRL streamer Justin “justsmurf”Gargac, who last July was banned permanently from Twitch for a similar infraction. The 32-year-old had been streaming Uber and Lyft rides he had been giving, recording his riders without their consent or knowledge.
Is The Ban Justified?
While a permanent made sense in the case of justsmurf, such a harsh sentence seems extreme and unlikely to be given to The Doc. Even though he was streaming in an area of privacy without consent, his stream, unlike smurf’s, didn’t reveal any personal or private information of those caught on camera. This less egregious breach of the ToS and law should only net him a ban of 30 days or so.
It’s worth mentioning that as the first IRL streamer to break ToS by filming in a bathroom, Dr. Disrespect’s Twitch suspension will likely set the precedent for similar situations in the future. Considering the traffic Dr. Disrespect brings to Twitch it wouldn’t be surprising if Twitch just gave him a slap on the wrist before sending him on his way. However, with this controversy having spread outside of the gaming community in the worst way possible it may be more prudent for Twitch to firmly denounce his actions with a strict punishment. By doing so Twitch would make it clear to the tech industry at large that this type of behavior is neither endorsed nor pardoned.
Either way, Dr. DisRespect has hopefully learned his lesson and will be more careful next time he’s out in public streaming.