Game studio co-founded by Dr Disrespect ‘immediately’ terminating relationship with the streamer

Midnight Society, the game studio co-founded by Dr Disrespect, has terminated its relationship with the streamer. In a post on X, the studio wrote that it was made aware on Friday of allegations that Dr Disrespect — whose real name is Herschel “Guy” Beahm — was banned from Twitch in 2020 for sexting a minor. The studio said that it had launched an investigation in response.

“We assumed his innocence and began speaking with parties involved. And in order to maintain our principles and standards as a studio and individuals, we needed to act,” read the studio’s post. “For this reason, we are terminating our relationship with Guy Beahm immediately.”

The announcement came barely an hour after Beahm ended his first stream since the allegations surfaced. In the stream, Beahm said that he was “fatigued” and was considering “removing himself from the scene.” He suggested that he could leave Midnight Society as part of that process. “Maybe I step away from there, too,” he said.

In 2020, Beahm was banned from Twitch at the height of his popularity and shortly after signing a two-year exclusivity contract with the platform. Neither Twitch nor Beahm would state the reason why, leading to four years of mystery and speculation. On Friday, Cody Conners, a former Twitch employee, posted on X the alleged reason for Beahm’s permanent ban. 

“He got banned because got caught sexting a minor in the then existing Twitch whispers product,” Conner wrote. On Sunday, The Verge reported that a second Twitch employee who worked on the platform’s trust and safety team at the time of the incident had come forward to corroborate Conner’s post.

Beahm denied the allegations in posts to X. “I didn’t do anything wrong, all this has been probed and settled, nothing illegal, no wrongdoing was found, and I was paid,” he wrote on Saturday.

In its post announcing its termination of Beahm, Midnight Society wrote, “While these facts are difficult to hear and even more difficult to accept, it is our duty to act with dignity on behalf of all individuals involved, especially the fifty-five developers and families we have employed along with our community of players.”

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