Danila “Malibuca” Yakovenko of Galaxy Racer Esports

Danila “Malibuca” Yakovenko of Galaxy Racer Esports

Fortnite is one of the most famous Battle Royale games in the world, with a thriving competitive gaming scene to go with it. Danila “Malibuca” Yakovenko is a popular esports professional who belongs to the Galaxy Racer Fortnite roster.

On July 31, 2022, Malibuca won the 2022 Gamers8 along with his tag team partner, Shane “EpikWhale” Cotton, also winning the MVP award. In a conversation with Sportskeeda Esports’ Debolina Banerjee, the Fortnite pro talks about the battle royale game’s competitive scene, what it takes to become a pro, and more.


Malibuca’s thoughts on the competitive Fortnite scene

Q. Tell us more about your “Malibuca” character. What was special about Fortnite and games in general that prompted you to become a profession?

Malibuca: I randomly started playing Fortnite when my brother suggested I play him. I fell in love with the game because it had new mechanics and was very interesting for me. I didn’t think about becoming a professional gamer when I started playing the battle royale title. I was having fun and watching professional gamers and one day when I got my first decent PC with 144hz I started trying harder to become a professional gamer.


Q. If it wasn’t for gaming, what career would you have chosen?

Malibuca: I don’t know yet, but probably something with PC (programming for example)!


Q. What other games do you enjoy aside from Fortnite? What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?

Malibuca: I like to play VALORANT and DOTA 2 and also fun games like Fall Guys and Crab Game.

I don’t have much free time because I spend a lot of time on Fortnite, but when I have some breaks, I go out with my family and play basketball.


Q. What are some of the ways a player can become a better player in competition?

Malibuca: I think the first and best way is to look at other professionals. You have to look at what they do and analyze why they do it. They need to grind Fortnite, of course, and also analyze their mistakes.


Q. From the Duos Cash Cup: Chapter 3 Season 3 – Week 3 to the Fortnite Champions Series: Chapter 2 Season 8 Grand Finals, victory seemed a bit out of reach. Do you really feel that winning every tournament is absolutely necessary? What was the best thing about participating in those tournaments?

Malibuca: I don’t think it’s necessary to win a tournament. When you consistently place and profit from every Cash Cup, profits don’t really matter. If you want to win a Cash Cup, first of all, you need a lot of luck.

The best part after each tournament is your placement, when you see your nickname at the top of the leaderboard it makes you very happy.


Q. If you had to choose between playing solo/duo/squad matches, which one would you choose and why?

Malibuca: Duets, duets and only duets! It’s only about 50% of your luck, you can get 100th place in the final if someone decides to “hurt” you and also this game mode is only good for Cash Cups. Squads are also bad due to voice spam and madness in matches. Also, I don’t think the Fortnite servers can handle stacked games in squads.


Q. Before joining Galaxy Racer (GXR), you were part of TT9 Esports. What are some of the aspects that you miss in the esports organization? What did you learn from your list above when it comes to participating in the Fortnite Championships?

Malibuca: I miss the people of TT9. The guys I worked with were really good with communication and could help me at any time. I learned that it is not difficult to record all the videos of all the tournaments, and if you place well, you can post a video to make your followers happy.


Q. How is GXR different from TT9 Esports? What do you expect most from the new organization you signed up with?

Malibuca: First of all, GXR is bigger than TT9, and now I’m also known in the Middle East as a very good Fortnite player (and basically in every country because the organization is so big, like I said). I get more help with my tournaments and everything related to esports.

He landed in Dubai, waiting for the plane to Belgrade with @QuesadoFN Bye @EpikWhaleIt was good doing business with you, we may never see each other again 🥲 https://t.co/XeBjyBmRYm

The best thing I’m looking forward to is going to training camp with my GXR guys.


Q. You are active on both YouTube and Twitch. As a content creator/streamer, which platform do you prefer and why? Do you prefer streaming over content creator or is it the other way around?

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Malibuca: To be honest, I can’t give a clear answer to this question. I like both streaming and making videos. On broadcasts I can have fun and talk to my fans live, but on YouTube I can upload my tournament videos, which is also very interesting. However, I will choose Twitch as this platform is more stable for professional gamers.


Q. What are some of the most important things an aspiring Fortnite content creator should always keep in mind?

Malibuca: I can’t really answer this question because I’m not really a content creator. However, I think one needs to broadcast almost daily or have a schedule of broadcasts, so that all the viewers come back to him/her after each broadcast.

Also, I don’t think one should focus on one game or one thing, you always need to try some other content and give joy to your followers like playing fun games or interacting with them.


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