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Guy ‘Dr Disrespect‘ Beahm has announced a new ‘AAA’ game studio called Midnight Society.
The studio’s three leads consist of Beahm himself, studio head Robert Bowling and creative director Quinn DelHoyo.
Bowling, also known among Call of Duty players by his username fourzerotwo, was the former creative strategist and community manager at Infinity Ward.
Midnight Society’s CEO and co-founder is Sumit Gupta, who’s also the founder and CEO of eSports platform BoomTV.
According to the new studio’s Twitter account, its first title will be a PVP multiplayer game built in Unreal Engine 5.
“We flip the tables on the traditional video game development model and embrace the ‘Day Zero Community’,” reads a statement from the studio. “That means including our players – yes, you – from the earliest most inception.
“That could be testing reload times and recoil patterns in a firing range or jumping in for the first-ever PVP sessions. No more ‘I hope this game will be good’. Be there when your voice can actually make an impact because we want to hear it. Really.”
Beahm originally revealed plans to start his own game development studio back in August, when he announced that he and Gupta’s BoomTV were “taking on the game industry by storm and incubating a new AA/AAA gaming studio that has a unique twist to it”.
At the time, Beahm stated: “The studio plans to forge a partnership with a select list of mega influencers and then work closely with them to launch their dream gaming title.
“Those gaming titles will either be incubated and developed OR partner/co develop[ed] with existing indie game developers and launched as mega titles.”
Beahm, who currently streams on YouTube, was one of Twitch’s most popular streaming personalities prior to the June 2020 termination of an exclusive deal with the platform, which was said to have been worth as much as $10 million a year.
Twitch has never publicly confirmed the reason for the ban and Beahm claimed last July that it hadn’t provided him with an explanation either, but in August he claimed he now knows why he was dropped from Twitch and said he’s taking legal action against it.