Creators React to Dr Disrespect Allegations

Guy Beahm admits to inappropriate messages to a minor

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Dr Disrespect Addresses 'Inappropriate’ Messages to Minor

Streamer Guy "Dr Disrespect" Beahm confirms he sent inappropriate messages to a minor / Kevin Sabitus

Guy Beahm, aka Dr Disrespect, released a statement on X yesterday confirming claims from former Twitch employees that the streamer was banned from the platform for sending inappropriate messages to a minor. 

Backstory: Beahm was banned from Twitch in 2020, and Discord removed him as a partner soon after. Neither platform offered their reasoning for dropping Beahm at the time.

Last week, ex-Twitch employees suggested these messages were the reason for Beahm’s ban. And on Monday, Midnight Society, the game company Beahm co-founded, announced it was ending its relationship with Beahm.

Which brings us to now: In a lengthy statement, Beahm confirmed that he had conversations with a minor “that sometimes leaned too much in the direction of being inappropriate.” He added that “no criminal charges have ever been brought against [him].”

Beahm said he went through an arbitration process with Twitch about the ban before the civil dispute was resolved in a settlement. Twitch has not commented publicly on the issue.

What creators are saying: 

  • Nickmercs, who made videos with Beahm, said on X, “There’s no excuse for something like that. I can’t support it, I can’t defend it.”

  • TimTheTatman, another Beahm collaborator, said in a video, “If he knew that was a minor and those were the messages being sent, I cannot support that.”

  • Ludwig, who made videos outlining the Beahm situation, resurfaced a Tweet from May 2022 in which Beahm told Ludwig he only had two more years of relevance.

Try Guys’ YouTube Duds Find Success on Streaming

The Try Guys share a look inside their streaming service, one month in / JD Renes

One month into the launch of their streaming service, 2nd Try, comedy creators The Try Guys shared an update on how it’s going →

The results? “Our #1 and #5 top watched episodes on the app are our two worst performing YouTube videos in the last 3 months,” Try Guys member Zach Kornfeld wrote on Instagram.

Context: Kornfeld told us in May that a) the unforgiving YouTube algorithm and b) the risks of demonetization pushed them to start 2nd Try.

  • “We always feel that YouTube forces this dilution of content that pushes us to make what we never intended to do in the first place,” he said.

  • The goal for 2nd Try was to support videos focused less on reaching maximum viewership and more on catering to The Try Guys’ core audience.

And so far, that appears to be working. Kornfeld also shared that the group’s newest episode of “Escape the Kitchen” earned over 50% of its views from TV screens.

Zoom out: The membership-based streaming service trend appears to be heating up. Creator groups including Dropout and Sidemen have turned to Vimeo’s white-label OTT platform to launch their own services in recent years, much in the style of 2nd Try.

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Critical Role as also launching their streaming service with Vimeo OTT. This is incorrect—they use Memberful.

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BuzzFeed Wants to Sell ‘Hot Ones’ Parent Co for $70M

BuzzFeed is struggling to sell 'Hot Ones' and its parent company / Complex

BuzzFeed is trying to sell First We Feast (the company behind YouTube interview show Hot Ones) for $70 million—a price tag interested buyers have balked at, according to Bloomberg.

  • The report indicated that Hot Ones drives the majority of First We Feast’s $30 million in annual revenue through brand and licensing deals.

  • This includes selling the show’s hot sauce in over 30,000 grocery stores.

Zoom out: The attempted sale comes as BuzzFeed tries to lower its debt load, which is currently north of $100 million.

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