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.

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

  • February 11, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    Taco went to MiBR.

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  • February 11, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    this is just a decade behind for real steel and avatar wars

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  • February 11, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    Fck you idiot

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  • February 11, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    E-sports isn’t new. It’s been around since like 2010 or 2011

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  • February 11, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    3:50 Dog : What the fuck dude

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  • February 12, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    A segment unexpected but really enjoyed. Reminds me of James Corden..

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  • February 12, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    It’s not as physical as maybe basketball or football but it sure as hell is as competitive. Don’t sleep on E-sports.

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  • February 12, 2019 at 5:21 am
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    I love Esports… Just attended Rocket League's season 6 in Las Vegas during last November. Way fun, especially with friends.

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  • February 12, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    Cloud 9 baby

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  • February 12, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    Tax. The. Rich.

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  • February 12, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    Dropping this right before Katowice hmmmmmm.

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  • February 12, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    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.

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  • February 12, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    I wanna see Trevor's reaction to this!

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  • February 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    "NEWEST" by the way hahahahah

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  • February 12, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    VGHS in real life

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  • February 13, 2019 at 10:22 am
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    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.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 1:33 pm
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    PAGO3

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  • February 13, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    PĄGOSKI XD

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  • February 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm
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    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)

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  • February 14, 2019 at 9:12 am
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    Wtf im good at Battlefield 4 skill level 600 im not getting payed

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  • February 15, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    Just replace the word Esports and all butt hurts will be resolved. Including my own 😅

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  • February 15, 2019 at 4:28 am
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    I see people in the comment section talking as if competitive gaming is easy.
    SMH.

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  • February 18, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    Just sayin, they really weren't on the ropes xD

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  • February 18, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    3:32 they're all dota 2 players Wtf

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  • February 19, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    holy shit taco is on trevor noah, lol

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  • February 19, 2019 at 11:47 am
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    The top 6 players in overall earnings are all Dota players lmao

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  • February 22, 2019 at 10:58 pm
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    Liquid then preceded to get stomped by Mousesports

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  • February 23, 2019 at 6:36 am
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    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

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  • February 24, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    He killed people with his finger, but in the future were gonna kill people with our hands with Virtual Reality people..

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  • February 26, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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    Pagoo <3

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  • February 26, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    0:43 PAGO XD

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  • February 26, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    Pago Knut

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  • February 26, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    Co tam Pago robil na ekranie

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  • February 26, 2019 at 3:24 pm
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    Pągowski na projektorze 😀

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  • February 26, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    pago knut

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  • February 26, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    0:42 uczą sie od najlepszych

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  • February 26, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    Pago knut

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  • February 27, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    I hope he got his dog back…

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  • February 27, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    PAGO KNUCIE CO TY TAM NA TELEBIMIE ODPIERDALASZ

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  • February 28, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Pago3 the best streamer csgo ever 😀

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  • March 2, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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    "Headshot thot" LOLOL

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  • March 2, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    PAGO KNUT STREAM XD

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  • March 3, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    holy shit they interviewed taco

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  • March 3, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    they had to get beauty shot of dosia xD

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  • March 4, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    omg he put all his money on liquid??? he should hate chrisj

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  • March 8, 2019 at 2:35 pm
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    i love that they got taco to do it he has such humor love him

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  • March 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    all 6 top earning pros they mentioned here were dota 2 players. not a single mention of the game. nice.

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  • March 10, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    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

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  • March 10, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    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.

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  • March 11, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    All the dota boys at the top!!!

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  • March 11, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    "This is where champions play…and the Brooklyn Nets." 😂👌

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  • March 12, 2019 at 10:46 am
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    Imagine thinking Taco would be the star of TL 😂

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  • March 17, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    It's esports

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  • March 19, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    Top 10 earners play dota2, let’s go!

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  • March 19, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    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

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  • March 19, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    Great, insult gamers even more. Good job assholes

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  • March 20, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Now I know why Liquid choked at the major

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  • March 20, 2019 at 12:53 pm
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    My Dota boys up top

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  • March 20, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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    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.

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  • March 20, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    Omg taco

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  • March 20, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I’m a somewhat hardcore eSports fan and I find this video hilarious.!

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  • March 20, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    4:55 "Headshot thot" lol

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  • March 20, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    No…just like how chess players, poker players, etc are not athletes…

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  • March 21, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    Not a Sport! And definitely not athletes!

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  • March 21, 2019 at 7:26 am
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    Big money gets into video games and it becomes “legit”. That’s legitimacy. Great.

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

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  • March 21, 2019 at 9:42 pm
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    Let's go Liquid!

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  • March 21, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    4:56
    Headshot Thot, I can’t, that was amazing!🤣🤣🤣

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  • March 22, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    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.

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  • March 22, 2019 at 2:43 am
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    Yeah right bc taco has ever been the star of tl (or of luminosity/sk for that matter)

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  • March 22, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    Taco definitely wasn't the star of team liquid, but OK.

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  • March 22, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    Should've bet on the TL vs ENCE game

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  • March 22, 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    Yea, the use of the word "cucks" did not come off as funny

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  • March 22, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    that tournament was like over a year ago wtf

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  • March 22, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    0:51 elige, twistzz, taco

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  • March 22, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Lmao 2:12 stock sounds over csgo, fire that editor already

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  • March 22, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    Lmao that finger

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  • March 22, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    once VR based esports come in these arguments will fadeout even more

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  • March 22, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    Yas for choosing counter strike as the game of focus

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  • March 22, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    If people didn’t know tacos name calling him mr taco must’ve sounded mad racist

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  • March 22, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    they flex their fingers, they click their buttons, they adjust their headsets 🤣

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  • March 23, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    They should have done this with the Chinese dude

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  • March 23, 2019 at 2:39 am
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    He was having fun

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  • March 23, 2019 at 3:18 am
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    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 …

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  • March 23, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    "This is the Barclays Centre. This is where the Champions play. And the Brooklyn Nets."

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  • March 23, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    Now TL just needs to git gud NALUL

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  • March 23, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    Hahahahahhahahahahahahha😐😐😐kak

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  • March 24, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    Having a guy losing an argument feels really nice

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  • March 24, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Only in America. Sit on your ass all day, get paid

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  • March 24, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    “Headshot Thot” 😂

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:24 pm
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    It's esports. No capital, no dash, just esports.

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  • March 26, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    anti jimmy kimmel

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  • March 26, 2019 at 1:54 pm
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    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

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  • March 27, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    “Just as it looked worst team liquid rallied back”
    Liquid up 15-6

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  • March 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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    Street Fighter V yeah boi we in here!

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  • March 30, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    This guy needs to kill himself

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  • June 27, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    "This is where champions play, and the Brooklyn Nets."

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  • June 28, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    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?

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:42 am
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    "I'm gonna whoop ur ass next" *talking to the arguably the best NA player XD

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  • July 27, 2019 at 10:13 am
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    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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