A millionaire gaming genius who dropped out of school before setting a Guinness World Record has shared his incredible success story and given tips on how to start a business.
Luke Millanta, from Sydney, sold his second business for $4.2million in April this year and is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Hive Gaming, an Australian gaming brand.
But the 30-year-old’s career path has not always been so smooth.
‘I dropped out of school when I was 17, I was signed to play for a now defunct North American video gaming team. But that didn’t go anywhere,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
Luke Millanta (left with his partner Linda Leck) dropped out of school at 17 years old
‘About a month after I decided to drop out of school, the financial crash happened.’
With his plans down the drain, Mr Millanta realised he desperately needed a job. He did a brief IT traineeship and landed work with the Australian Intelligence Agency.
‘When I was 24, I decided I had enough and left and created my own business,’ he said.
Mr Millanta founded Acadeemit – a digital education company which has a number of web-based learning solutions for kindergarten to Year 12.
He said the company ‘grew quite rapidly over two years’, with more than 8,500 courses across 10 English-speaking countries.
Acadeemit was acquired by software company Learnosity in 2016 and Mr Millanta took a one-month break before launching his second company, Brackenwood Systems – a software development business.
The 30-year-old became a Guinness World Record holder in September this year when he was awarded the title for the ‘most followed content creator on Steam’
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Mr Millanta was the only employee of the company, which allowed users to trade game items for Bitcoin.
Hive Gaming acquired Brackenwood Systems for $4.2million this year and Mr Millanta was subsequently appointed Chief Technology Officer at Hive.
But before selling, Mr Millanta was named Chief Information Officer of FirstWave Cloud Technology in 2018, a cloud-based cyber security services provider.
The appointment meant he was the youngest CIO at an ASX-listed company.
Also in 2018, Mr Millanta became the first person on Steam – a video game digital distribution service – to surpass more than 100,000 followers.
The achievement was acknowledged by the Guinness World Records in September this year when Mr Millanta was awarded the title for the ‘most followed content creator on Steam’.
The Steam Workshop is a database for video game user-created content.
In the past six years, Mr Millanta has collaborated with professional gaming teams to create a variety of content.
In October 2019, he partnered with Complexity Gaming – a professional esports organisation with ties to the Dallas Cowboys – to create a collection of Complexity-branded Counter-Strike: Global Offensive weapon skins.
Mr Millanta (pictured with his parents) sold his second business for $4.2million in April this year
More recently, in October 2019, Millanta collaborated with Complexity Gaming, a professional esports organisation with close ties to the Dallas Cowboys, to create a collection of Complexity-branded Counter-Strike: Global Offensive weapon skins.
Mr Millanta gave two key tips to others looking to start their own business.
‘I always say to try not to be the smartest person in the room,’ he said.
This advice comes despite Mr Millanta’s membership in multiple high IQ societies, including Mensa and the Triple Nine Society.
‘When I walk into a room, I try to recognise people that have skills that are complimentary to mine,’ he said.
‘What I do, is become a sponge. If you have a skill set that I don’t have, I will learn that from you.’
Mr Millanta has founded two companies: Acadeemit and Brackenwood Systems
Mr Millanta also recommended working ‘smarter not harder’.
‘You can work 23 hours a day doing complete crap or two hours a day doing something useful,’ he said.
Despite his successes, the 30-year-old does not recommend dropping out of school.
‘I left school with a plan that failed completely,’ he said.
‘To be honest, I’ve been incredibly fortunate where people have given me opportunities.
‘The average high school dropout, it’s not all roses for them.
‘Don’t just drop out and think you’ll become a millionaire overnight, it’s a slog.’
If he had his time over, Mr Millanta said he would have completed his high school education.
If he had his time over, Mr Millanta (pictured with his girlfriend) said he would have completed his high school education