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Dr DisRespect: The Anti-Hero That Represents the Gamer in All of Us

“Non-stop total domination.” That is one of many from Dr DisRespect arsenal of epic quotes. You may have seen him, you may have heard of him, you may have even encountered him in one of the big battle royale games. Behold, Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm, a living legend in the live streaming and competitive gaming society. The Doc is one of the biggest stars on Twitch today, amounting to a total of 2,137,885 followers with over 63,797,561 channel views. He is the self-proclaimed “Face of Twitch” who has won two consecutive titles for Streamer of the Year. He is mostly known for playing PUBG and Fortnite, but for the hardcore fans, they know he’s been in the battle royale scene since the days of H1Z1: King of the Kill.

No, he is not a professional gamer, but rather a showman of the live streaming platform. He is also considered as “a WWE character in the competitive gaming world,” as told by ESPN. And just like what ESPN said, yes, the guy is really like a wrestler who loves to flaunt his charisma like The Rock or Shawn “The Heartbreak Kid” Michaels, but in the form of a gamer. “What’s so special about him,” you ask? Let this video convince you:

You may think he’s some sort of a cocky prick, but let’s face it. Inside of every gamer, especially the ones that play multiplayer, he represents us. And it is because of that persona that he has captured the hearts of many people. The charm that he pulls off is always so memorable—like a guy who just loves to fight in video games. Needless to say, he is also a very funny guy. Like the sort of subtle comedy gold that you laugh at from cliché 80s action movies with lots of quips and one-liners to the cheesiest of run-and-gun flicks of the early 90s. He calls himself “the greatest gamer in the world” and majority of the people agree with it.

Most players you see on Twitch are just usually the regular-looking people who pretend like they’re just playing by themselves or they’re just really focused in the game that it can sometimes feel lots of dead-air moments. But take one step into the channel of DrDisrespectLIVE, and you know that there is never a dull scene. He knows he’s being watched. He knows he gets paid doing what he does. He knows that he is the best player there is and so, with the power of his luscious mullet and manly mustache with the sunglasses that represents the epic character that he is, he knows how to drive people in with his “total domination” over “chubby-cheeked blond-banged wannabe gamers.”

His Twitch channel started on March 21, 2016, where he is known for H1Z1 gameplays. It wasn’t until the rise in popularity of PUBG that he started garnering an army of what would be the members of “The Slick Daddy Club.” Because of his self-awareness of his own skills in battle royale games, he calls himself, “An award-winning international champion in the online gaming community.” The free-spirited live streamer really got the attention of many gamers, even the ones that do not watch Twitch for his overconfidence and arrogance. Some may call him an asshole, but for many, he is a hero that never goes by the rules and always rises above everyone else. Think of Hulk Hogan becoming a really good player—you get Dr DisRespect.

As the days of the 3rd quarter of 2017 progressed, so did his views per live stream—amounting from 100k to 300k. At the 2017 Esports Industry Awards, he won “Streamer of the Year” as well as winning “Trending Gamer of the Year” at the 2017 Game Awards. Now that is a lot of bragging rights, now more than ever. However, after receiving his awards that December, he had gone black. He never tweeted, nor showed up at all on Twitch for two months, until his fateful return on February 5, 2018. It was revealed that he had to have some time with his personal life and tying family bonds after he admitted that he cheated on his wife, based on his Tweet last February.

On that day of his comeback, the viewers amassed a whole society of 388,000 live viewers, defeating Tyler1’s return to the League of Legends scene last January.  It was so hype, world-renowned DJ Deadmau5 even made a track for his opening. Guy Beahm’s numbers on that day alone were the single most-viewed live stream on Twitch until Ninja toppled him for 430,000 live audiences during a duo session with Canadian rapper Drake the following month.

“FIRST GAME OF THE DAY, BABY” he screamed on his first ever match on PUBG after 2 months of absence. The hype was real and it seems he is not going anywhere right now.

Cocky, hard-headed, preposterous, obnoxious, boastful—they may sound harsh, but to the Doc, it’s a form of compliment. His fans can vouch for it.