As Dr Disrespect looks to enter the NFT gaming space with his gaming studio Midnight Society, many in the crypto gaming space are unfamiliar with the controversial streamer.
While many perceive his entrance into the space on a positive note, others frankly don’t really know the man behind the stache.
Let’s dive in.
The Doc, How Tall is Dr Disrespect?
Self-described on his Twitter bio as “the most ruthless, athletic competitor in video game history,” Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV goes by his alias, Dr Disrespect.
Dr Disrespect’s height is at a staggering 6 feet and 8 inches behind his gaming setup. The Doc is not only a 40-year-old video game streaming icon but also a father and husband, who managed to render an interesting career from his years of work in the gaming industry.
The Road to Success
As a former NCAA Division II basketball player, Dr Disrespect’s competitive edge seems to be ingrained deep into his DNA. His leap into esports has proven to be a successful move, paving his way into an interesting career.
The ex-Twitch streamer had humble beginnings in 2010-2011 as a streamer and went on to work as a community manager for Sledgehammer Games before going all-in as a full-time streamer in 2015 after quitting his job.
Dr Disrespect gained notoriety for his unique streaming content and persona, casting a ruthless, witty character with a dominant approach to gameplay, delivering viewers with uniquely entertaining content.
His black mullet wig, futuristic sunglasses, tactical vest, and mustache earned him a special place in video game pop culture, helping solidify his presence as a household name in the video game industry.
Dr Disrespect Net Worth
By most accounts, Dr Disrespect’s net worth hovers around six million dollars, a fruit of all the years of work, partnerships, and opportunities he managed to curate on various platforms.
His income is diverse, as he manages to secure various revenue streams through YouTube ad revenue, paired with sponsorship deals with companies such as Gilette, ASUS, Game Fuel and Roccat.
His work also stretched out into writing a memoir titled “Violence. Speed. Momentum.” Released in March 2021, while working with companies like Hi-Rez studios to design a custom map and Dr Disrespect character skin for the Rogue Company video game.
Dr Disrespect Twitch Ban
In March 2020, the streamer signed a multi-year deal with Twitch, however, a few months later, he found himself permanently banned in July 2020.
While speculation about the reason for his ban was rampant, with the self-proclaimed Two-Time Champion stating he had no idea why he was banned, followers were informed March 2022 that both Dr Disrespect and Twitch had ended the legal dispute with neither party admitting to wrongdoing.
The Twitch ban would bring about the suspenseful return of Dr Disrespect to his YouTube channel shortly after the incident took place in 2020, with the streamer confirming in a follow-up tweet that he would not be returning to Twitch.
Dr Disrespect’s Game and Gaming Studio
Evidently, a return to Twitch was not going to happen. Yet, no stone was left unturned by the famed streamer as he carried on his pursuit of opportunities.
Midnight Society (Game Studio)
Dr Disrespect found himself a place by creating his own gaming studio alongside a team of video game veterans like Robert Bowling, Quinn DelHoyo, with Sumit Gupta acting as CEO.
Their AAA gaming studio, Midnight Society, is looking to offer community members a “day-zero” experience where players act as decision makers, dictating feature optimization, design and innovation into the FPS shooter genre.
The game has been tapped by many in both the gaming and blockchain space to be a Web3 game.
Deadrop Game (fka Project Moon)
On July 30th, 2022, Dr Disrespect announced the studio’s upcoming game dubbed Project Moon, or “Deadrop,” which is currently in development, as a free-to-play battle royal title and has matched his audience’s enthusiasm with a Polygon Studios partnership.
The title aims to “construct a game publishing platform on the Polygon blockchain where players can trade their in-game items freely without incurring high transaction fees or negatively impacting the environment.”
The game is expected to be a “vertical extraction shooter,” with gameplay concentrated on collecting gear and supplies while battling your way up through levels of a gigantic skyscraper building, utilizing your experience to better prepare for subsequent ventures into the tower.
The project sparked controversy early after its announcement following the sale of NFTs as part of the Founders Access Pass program. Dr Disrespect addressed concerns regarding the game’s playability, stating that NFT sales would not impact gameplay or game ownership.
Midnight Studio and Polygon Studios also published a joint statement revealing that 97% of players desire to own and trade in-game stuff.
Over 400,000 people participated in the studios’ NFT Founders Access Pass program, providing holders exclusive benefits such as access to pre-alpha “Snashot” game builds, voting rights on game development routes, merch drops, studio events, and a one-of-a-kind “Variant” PFP.
A small gameplay clip has been made public, demonstrating a simple pre-alpha version with a shooting range for testing weaponry.
Though Dr. Disrespect states that the game looks better than Call of Duty, the present gameplay footage makes it difficult to verify how accurate that is, since we are only shown a very limited test area.
Because the game is built on Unreal Engine 5, there is immense potential to capitalize on unique aesthetics and gameplay experiences. We can anticipate the game to look better in future builds as the creators continue to work on it.
Given that the game is still in early development, as the studio only formed in late 2021, with the title being announced in July 2022, the road ahead is expected to be lengthy.
Yet, the excitement and interest of both followers and critics are proving to be interesting as it allows the developers access to a democratized approach to video game creation. This can either break the project or demonstrate a proof of concept and set a standard for Web3 game development for others to follow.