Dr Disrespect banned from Call of Duty Tournament
Dr Disrespect can’t seem to catch a break and was at the receiving end of yet another seemingly inexplicable ban. This time he was banned from participating in the Call of Duty: Warzone Toronto Ultra $100k Tournament. While no clear reason was given, it’s speculated that it’s tied to his controversial ban on Twitch.
The Twitch Saga
Before suddenly receiving a ban on Twitch back in June 2020, the Doc was one of the most popular streamers on the platform. His career was at the very peak at this point, especially considering the deal he signed with Twitch not long before that. It was an exclusive deal with the company, and reportedly worth millions. Keep in mind, this was still the time when Ninja and Shroud were streaming on Mixer, as a part of their own individual exclusive deals.
This period was marked with an interesting sequence of events, which prompted the fans of Doc to come up with their own theories for the ban. Just days before Dr Disrespect would get banned, Microsoft announced Mixer shutting down, which meant that both Shroud and Ninja would not only get paid in full earlier, but that they’ll now be free of their contractual obligations towards Mixer. The chance of them returning to stream back on Twitch was almost certain.
Dr Disrespect did receive a short ban prior to this, back in 2019, but this time he was given a clear reason. He was streaming in a public bathroom, which was apparently against Twitch terms of service. However, the last ban came with no explanation and was permanent. The timing and the secretive nature of the ban sparked multiple theories, one of which suggested that Twitch wanted to back out of the deal with Dr Disrespect now that Shroud and Ninja were returning, but none of this was ever confirmed by Twitch.
Dr Disrespect still going strong on YouTube
Despite the series of setbacks on Twitch, Dr Disrespect successfully transitioned to YouTube. He managed to quickly pick up the pace and was back on track in no time. His move to YouTube opened up his stream to a brand new audience and new collaborations with other content creators, one of which was Zack “Zlaner” Lane.
The two were streaming Call of Duty: Warzone on YouTube, and were supposed to appear at this year’s Toronto Ultra tournament. However, Zlaner received a message from the tournament organisers notifying him that Dr Disrespect would not be able to participate. Again, there was no clear reason why Doc was excluded, but since Twitch is in charge of streaming the tournament we can put two and two together. It’s almost been a year since Doc was banned, and yet it’s still somehow affecting his career in certain aspects.
Despite all the struggles, the Doc is stronger than ever. He currently has over 3 million subscribers on YouTube and his streams are wildly entertaining, filled with violence, speed and momentum. He’s an entertainer at his core and his stream production value is off the charts, nobody comes even close. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to see him at another tournament in the future, but for now we’ll settle for watching him do what he does best on YouTube.