Profiled: Pupsky

Daniel ‘Pupsky’ Bechus is well known to us. He is one of South Africa’s top Halo players and has represented ViNCO Gaming at the Halo World Championship qualifiers in Germany in 2016. He has even played at the Call of Duty Championship in 2014, making him (at least to our knowledge) the only South African console competitive player to play overseas twice – and for two different titles.

Unfortunately, Halo has started turning into one of us (zombies) locally and the South African slot at the Call of Duty Championship is no more (at least currently), leaving him with some time on his hands. But with more games out there, it makes sense that streaming is now his new focus. So we decided to find out more about this and his love affair with Halo.

How long have you been streaming for?

I have been streaming properly with a capture card, webcam, stream alerts and other fancy sounding stuff for just under a month now. I previously used to just stream via my Xbox One which was very limiting.

What games and content will you be focusing on in your streams?

I’m sure most people know that I’m a die-hard Halo fan, so I will always be playing that. But lately I have been loving Fortnite as well as kicking back to some nostalgic Runescape. 😀
But I plan to be a streamer with variety and will intend on streaming many games which I am interested in at the time.

What days will you be streaming on? Or is it a little less scheduled?

Not too scheduled. I’m generally a person who doesn’t like sticking to set schedules and I stream when I am excited and in the mood, basically.

Where do you want to take your streaming passion in the future?

Right now my goal is to just build as much of a following as I can and to essentially “get my stream out there” which is proving difficult to do. But don’t worry, I got this. 😉
And even if things don’t work out, I have been loving it so far and that’s why I make enjoyment my #1 driver, because then you’ll never look back.
I’ll let my passion for gaming and my sick skills take the lead and see where it takes me. I already have a few ideas that I’d like to try out. 🙂

What gear are you using for your streaming setup?

I’m terrible (and slightly lazy) at finding the exact model of equipment, so a super L337 Acer LED monitor, a super L337 Asus laptop with a Razer Abyssus 1800 mouse, Astro A40s (Xbox One Edition), my laptop’s webcam and of course my Xbox One which I use a Roxio HD Pro to capture with.

Any tips for others starting out as streamers now?

Have good internet (which in South Africa is like finding a needle in a haystack) and any necessary equipment (a good PC/laptop, monitor, microphone, capture card) that you might need depending on what platform you’re streaming on, learn to use programs like OBS Studio to stream, have patience but always enjoy it! And if you need any specific help or tips, they can feel free to ask me out because it can be difficult at times. 🙂

You’re the only console competitive player to have played overseas for two different titles. What did the experiences offer you that you still think is needed in South Africa?

I think that ensuring an entertaining and interactive stream experience around an event would really help for the growth of that esports title. Having a good quality stream, good casters, good graphics that all depict information about the tournament and the games will help the viewers to understand what is going on in the game, who is who and what’s happening at the event. This also allows the event’s reach to be much larger, since anybody can tune into the stream, even if they’re not at the event. The better the quality of the stream in this sense, the more people will tune in and the wider the reach of the event will be. I always say as a rule of thumb that you can measure the success of an esports event by how many people watching the stream say to themselves afterwards: “wow, I really want to hop on that game and play it right now.” I think South African esports is most definitely improving in this regard, but it’s no doubt something that should be focused on more. 😀

Have you given up the dream of playing Halo 5 competitively from SA?

I think the local scene of Halo right now is kind of dead, with the exclusion of South Africa in the HWC as well as tournament organisers understandably not seeing the benefit of providing tournaments. Even competing in international online tournaments or grinding anything in the game is very unrewarding or limited right now. I do however often criticise 343 (and my friends and followers will know this all too well!) for not being much help. For example it took 2 years for the game to finally have a LAN feature, something which even Halo 1 had back in 2001, lol. As well as so many missed opportunities for the growth of the game happening way too often.
But Halo is something I always play and I look very forward to the next title, since I recently have just not been enjoying Halo 5, and enjoyment is my number 1 motive to play a game. So I will be right back on that grind when the next Halo drops!

What do you think happened to the scene and what do you think is needed to be done to change it?

I think Halo 5 in South Africa had a really good run. The game was good and fun all round and a lot of people got involved, especially after an amazing boost since the announcement of our inclusion in the 2016 HWC. An insane amount of people got the game, got involved and got interested and local tournament organisers like Zombiegamer (you guys) and ACGL (you guys) helped us to ride that wave. But I think that as time went on, the game stretched on for too long and other fresh games came along which understandably pulled our players away.
But Halo is a game that always stays in somebody’s heart and I have no doubt that when the next title drops, many people will come back and many newcomers will join and the “leaders” or “organisers” of the community (shoutout to our Whatsapp group) have learned a lot about how to grow a community during Halo 5’s lifespan and will implement that knowledge next time around. 🙂

Thanks for your time. In closing, where can people find you?

You can find me on Twitch at Twitch.tv/PupskyTV and on Youtube (in case you miss me) at Youtube.com/PupSharp, a gaming channel run by myself and my close friend Jean-Claude AKA VnCo Sharp.
My Twitter is @Pupsky.

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