We’re profiling some of Australia’s biggest content creators to see what really makes them tick. The Duke of Flukes is fairly new to the streaming scene, but has already garnered an avid following on his platform of choice, Mixer. Last year he took out the Australian Games Award for Mixer Creator of the Year. We spoke with him about how he got started and what gear he uses when he streams.

When did you first start out making online content?
I started streaming on Mixer just over a year ago, building it up from 20 people to now well over 20,000.

What got you into content creating in the first place?
I have lived video games since the early ‘80s and I’ve also done acting in TV and film since my early teens. The combination of this – and the push of a few friends – [meant] I decided to start giving it a try and sharing what I loved with the world.

What do you think is the best part about being a content creator?
Building a community from all walks of life from all over the world. The friendships and bonds I’ve formed are priceless. The difference it can make in people’s lives is very precious to me.

How many hours a day do you devote to producing videos/streaming content?
If you ask my wife, too many! If you just streamed, you’re looking at 30+ hours a week at the very least, but when you factor in making/updating your scenes and maintaining your socials, it’s an endless amount of time. It’s essentially your own small business and a lot of the time you’re the only employee.

Do you think Australia is behind in comparison with the rest of the world when it comes to recognising streaming/content creation as a viable career?
Internet speeds are definitely a factor, but Australia doesn’t have it too bad. Good internet is essential before you stream; no one wants to view a laggy stream. I believe Australian businesses need to be more involved with streamers. The impact that an influencer can make is quite substantial (even if they aren’t in the gaming industry) – anything can be relatable to the streaming world.

What does your setup look like (PC specs/console, streaming/recording equipment, peripherals)?
At the moment I have a PC with three monitors attached, as well as all the Elgato equipment (green screen, stream deck, HD 60s), Steelseries RGB keyboard, mouse and mousepad, an Xbox One X and even a movable standing desk for those times you want to stretch!

What is some advice you’d give to anyone interested in taking up a career as a streamer or content creator?
The biggest advice I could give is to make sure you have a day job – a steady income is definitely a must. When you look at the time and money you can spend on streaming, if you’re relying on someone to “tip” you every week to survive, you’re sorely mistaken. Additionally, don’t go out and buy yourself the latest and greatest equipment right off the bat. Take it slow and test it out – if you like it for a month or so (remember, all you need is just an Xbox) and you decide that you want to take it further, then gradually start getting bits and pieces. It’s important to remember that it’s not a race, it’s a journey.

You can follow the Duke of Flukes right here at any time.

Duke of Flukes Top 3 content creators:

  • JatedFPS
  • Covent Julz
  • D4W