The Newest Virtual Sport Sweeping the Nation | The Daily Show

The Newest Virtual Sport Sweeping the Nation | The Daily Show

Hi. I’m Michael Kosta. And before I started
covering the news on cable TV, I was a successful
professional athlete. What sport? Tennis. Duh. I was ranked 864 in the world, so I was a natural
to investigate the newest sport
sweeping the nation. Video games? Competitive video gaming,
known as esports, is booming. There’s even a training center with five training rooms
and six locker rooms. The Olympics are considering
adding esports. KOSTA:
I went to California to a so-called training center
in someone’s garage to talk with these Ethletes about why video games
isn’t a sport. What the hell is this? This was the Alienware
Training Facility for eSports’ Team Liquid, complete
with scrimmage stations, a war room, PR department, a team coach,
and even an in-house chef. The team’s star,
whose name is Taco, was acquired
from Brazil’s top team. This is a real sport. You call yourself an athlete? Yes, of course. We compete,
we go to tournaments, we travel a lot,
we got some money. What does an eSport athlete, Mr. Taco, do every day? -Just practice.
-Yeah. I’m a former professional tennis
player. That-That’s what I would call,
like, a-a real sport. There is an opponent, and you would relish
the opportunity to defeat them with your racket. What do you actually have
to show for what you’re doing? Yeah, but, come on, I-I have
a-a really strong finger. -A finger?
-Yes. This finger have killed
at least one million people. -That finger’s killed
one million people? -Yes. At least. Taco is referring to his kills
in Counter-Strike, a game where guys shoot
other guys before a bomb goes off,
apparently. How is this a sport? I won the Ann Arbor Junior Open
at 11 years old. How hard could it be
to pound on these dorks? What are you staring at, huh?
I’m gonna whup your ass next. -TACO: To the left, to the left.
-To the left? You think– Oh, Jesus Christ! I shot him four times.
He shoots me once and I die? These games were clearly rigged
against more muscular athletes. Aw, Jesus. How do I keep dying, Taco? But who’s paying
for these cucks to sit around all day
and mash buttons? Apparently, guys
like three-time NBA champion Rick Fox, owner
of eSports franchise Echo Fox. What are you doing
with these nerds, man? You’re a real athlete. And so are they. What the shit
are you talking about? Me and you,
we played real sports, you know? You can see our balls
in our pants when we play. Were you an athlete? Oh, yeah. Yeah. I played professional tennis. I was ranked 864 in the world. Oh, okay. You win– you win
a couple of tournaments? No, I didn’t win the
tournaments, but… (stammers) How much money did you make
in your career? I made $11,000, about. But there’s-there’s
a whole system, and I-I was, you know, right in
there, playing as a pro athlete. Oh, okay. In our era, I think there was no shame
around pursuing a career, uh, in professional sports
because you could get a scholarship to college,
which, by the way, you can get
as an eSport player now. Uh, there’s a number of colleges
that are building eSports arenas
on their campuses. -This is all great,
-Yeah. but let’s get down
to brass tacks here. How much do these ethletes make? Probably the best, top player in
the world in one of our games, he makes probably $800,000. What? And while players like Taco
made over $800K last year, other top gamers
earned upwards of $4 million. And thanks to advertising
and sponsorships, revenues will top $1.4 billion
this year! $1.4 billion?! Are you kidding me?! But what really makes it legit is Vegas sportsbooks
take bets on it. So I did what anyone would do, sold my dog for 3,000 bucks and put it all on Team Liquid
at the Barclays Center. I’ll buy him back after I win. Amsterdam. London.
Cologne. Montreal. I don’t give a shit!
You’re in Brooklyn now, baby! This is the Barclays Center. This is where champions play. And the Brooklyn Nets. We’re gonna heal as a team or we’re gonna die
as individuals. Did I make myself clear? -Yeah. -Yeah.
-Yeah. -Yeah. Come on! All right, ignore all that, and
we just follow the game plan. -Let’s go, guys.
-It was time for Team Liquid to win in the semifinals
and make me some money. -ANNOUNCER: Team Liquid!
-(cheering) Let’s go, baby. Let’s go! It definitely felt
like a real sport. These gaming gladiators
were ready for battle. ANNOUNCER:
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for,
Team Liquid versus Gambit! Click your mouse! They flexed their fingers. They clicked their buttons. They adjusted their headsets. Come on! -Liquid! Taco! Liquid! Taco!
-Taco! Taco! Hey, let’s start the wave,
starting over here! (whoops) (cheering) Watch the stairs. Watch the– -Oh!
-Oh! They fought to outmaneuver,
evade, and shoot
their opponents’ heads off. And just when it looked like
Team Liquid was on the ropes, they rallied. -Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
-(cheering) ANNOUNCER: The next round
finalist is Team Liquid! That’s what I’m talking about! That’s what I’m talking about,
baby! (whoops) Number one! Team Liquid! Are video games a sport? Who cares? I’m rich. Time to try to buy my dog back.

100 thoughts on “The Newest Virtual Sport Sweeping the Nation | The Daily Show”

  1. It’s not as physical as maybe basketball or football but it sure as hell is as competitive. Don’t sleep on E-sports.

  2. I love Esports… Just attended Rocket League's season 6 in Las Vegas during last November. Way fun, especially with friends.

  3. Playing FPS, you need good eye and hand coordination. Many sports, you need good coordination to be good…so yea gaming is a sport

    Maybe in 2030, Football can become Esport, no more head injuries, no more injuries PERIOD.

  4. I love video games and I think competitive gaming is a worthy and interesting endeavor.

    That said, the term e-sports is just ridiculous to me. A sport is a competitive physical activity, and an athlete is someone who participated in some such activity. Video games do not fit this definition.

    As much mental focus, practice and talent as is required to become a pro gamer, it is not really comparable to the physical exertion necessary to train ones body for competitive athletics.

    The thing that makes an activity a sport is not the level of competition. If you considered an amateur soccer game, you would certainly still call it a sport, but casual competitive gaming wouldn't ever be called e-sports. It just doesn't make sense.

  5. they arent athletes as in being athletic (a gamer can be stick thin or mobidly obese…hands are hands)…what does a gamer need a locker room for anyway?? glad he called them e-thletes

    yes they make a lot of money….

    an athlete is defined is defined as "someone who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise" (EXERCISE)

  6. Positive video from Trevor noah as always. Kudos for covering Csgo too instead of other games. Who cares he's rich, he's gonna get two dogs

  7. He killed people with his finger, but in the future were gonna kill people with our hands with Virtual Reality people..

  8. all 6 top earning pros they mentioned here were dota 2 players. not a single mention of the game. nice.

  9. If i a have a competition of chopping apples with my bro, chopping apples doesn't make it a sport, it's a competition at the most, video games should never be part of Olympics or any sport festivals like Olympics

  10. I love gaming, but they aren't athletes, they're players. And e-sports being a thing is just more proof that humanity is more likely to end up like the movie Idiocracy than to move beyond the solar system.

  11. The 4 million wasn’t just from last year but. Career total from only tournaments but they could have earned more through sponsors team salary etc

  12. Nobody mentioned that top 20 of the esports players are all of them dota players. Dota 2 has a total prize money of 175kk dollars and the second is counter strike go with 3x more tournaments, but with 70kk dollars total prize money.

  13. Big money gets into video games and it becomes “legit”. That’s legitimacy. Great.

    (this is what’s really being mocked here, not gamers)

  14. DOSIA!! They showed the sex god himself!
    That said I think there should be a line between "sports" and "games". Soccer, football, track, ect. Are "sports" , golf, billiards, chess and video games are "games". Succeeding at the top level of either games or sports is relative to the level of competition. Oh and then anything that is judged subjectively by a panel of judges it's a performance art… Like synchronized swimming… Sure it is impossibly difficult, (go ahead and try it) but no self respecting sport expects the competitors to smile.

  15. Anyone who isnt following esports just wanted to let everyone know that team liquid are referred as chokers in csgo…. Because they literally lose every final …

  16. Ill be honest, i dont like trevor noah for his political views, but on behalf of all cs players, thank you for sharing our sport with the world

  17. I'm all for videogaming (though I know nothing about it which certainly explains what Imma say next), I just don't understand why it's considered a sport. And nothing in the video explained to me why that is. Yes it's a lot of work and there's money in it. But music and poker and visual arts would then also qualify as sports then right?

  18. He's actually correct. If he killed one person per second, he would only need 280 hours to kill 1 million. I bet he has at least 10k hours on csgo.

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