Hikaru ban

Hikaru banned from Twitch for showing clips of Dr Disrespect

By Olivia Richman


Mar 22, 2022

Reading time: 2 min

Twitch may no longer have legal problems with Herschel “Dr Disrespect” Beahm IV, but that doesn’t mean the platform will allow streamers to watch the permanently banned personality during live broadcasts. Chess streamer Hikaru “GMHikaru” Nakamura learned this the hard way.

Hikaru is a Grandmaster, meaning he holds the highest title a chess player can attain. He is also the highest-rated blitz player in the world. Hikaru is a talented chess player with incredible strategy and decision-making skills. But that didn’t stop him from making a pretty silly mistake while streaming on March 16.

Hikaru decided to watch Dr Disrespect and Dr Lupo play a game of chess while he was streaming live on Twitch. His viewers warned Hikaru that he could get in trouble for showing Dr Disrespect, but Hikaru didn’t care.

“Chill out, you guys. Do you think I care? This is chess,” Hikaru said.

Hikaru confirms Dr Disrespect is reason behind first Twitch ban

Hikaru had a clean record on Twitch before his recent ban on March 22. That was eight days after watching Dr Disrespect on stream.

The Grandmaster tweeted soon after the ban that he truly believed there wouldn’t be issues showing Dr Disrespect on his stream. Hikaru referenced the Doc’s recent tweet where he said things with Twitch were finally settled.

“Guess he was wrong,” Hikaru wrote.

Even though the legal matter may be behind Twitter, the platform still has Dr Disrespect permanently banned from the site. Permanently banned content creators cannot be shown on stream. Still, many streamers found Twitch’s response “odd,” including Asmongold.

Despite the mixup, Hikaru will only be gone for three days. This was his first such slip-up on the streaming platform.