Tyler “Ninja” Blevins – “Get Good” and Life as an Elite Professional Gamer | The Daily Show

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins – “Get Good” and Life as an Elite Professional Gamer | The Daily Show

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Welcome to The Daily Show. Thank you.
Thank you for having me. This is so exciting,
having you on, because you are truly
the pioneer of “elite sports gaming,” in terms of being a person
who, like– -You’ve brought it into
the mainstream, you know? -Yeah. Like, back in the day, gamers,
like, the idea was like– people would always be like,
“Oh, gamers. -“You’re in your basement
of your mom’s house. -Yeah. And you’re-you’re this
and you’re–” And I was always offended,
’cause I’m a gamer, and I’d be like, “No, we play
the games.” And I was like… -I was in my mom’s basement
playing. -Oh, you were? Okay. But, I mean, th-this has–
this has been a riot for you. -Yeah. -I mean, yeah, going
from your mom’s basement playing games to now being one
of the highest paid athletes -in the world, period,
-Yeah. (exhales) -in the world, that is–
that is pretty wild. -Yes. It’s pretty crazy.
Uh, I definitely didn’t, uh, you know, see this coming,
really. Just loved playing video games
and loved streaming, so… What did you do the first time
someone paid you for a video– -Did you think it was,
like, a trap? -My mom– My– Fun fact, uh, my mom actually
made my dad come with me to my first tournament in,
like– I think it was in Columbus,
Ohio, because he– she thought– it was
Major League Gaming, MLG– she thought that it was
a fake company of old people -who lured kids to, like,
molest them. -I– Yeah. Yeah. I would–
I would think the same thing. -Oh, yeah. -If-if my kid said,
“I’m gonna get money -to play video games,”
I’d be like, -Yeah. -“Who’s giving you this money?”
-Yeah. “Who’s giving you– -“Is there a van involved?
-Yeah. -Is there can…”
-“Who’s giving you this money?” But-but it really has blown up. And what-what I found
interesting is how, initially,
there was a lot of resistance. People were like,
“Why are you getting money -for playing a video game?”
-Yeah. But people don’t understand. You’re not just playing
a video game. You put hours in as an athlete. How many hours
do you play a day? Minimum, like, eight hours.
Minimum. -WOMAN: Wow.
-Yeah. -Yeah. And-and not just eight hours. But it’s, like, eight hours
of-of, like, -grinding and practicing
what you do. -Yeah. It’s a lot of mental strain.
I mean, imagine someone– you know,
imagine, like, playing a-a really,
really stressful mind, you know, challenging game
like chess -for just eight hours straight
at-at a high level. -Right. It’s difficult. It’s
really exhausting, in a way. Uh, but, yeah, I mean,
every day, I did it for, like, honestly, eight years
straight with minimal breaks. I would say, maximum– Actually took– The longest
break was, like, one week. -For eight years. -Yeah,
you say chess, but, I mean, it’s-it’s like chess if
your opponent was also swearing -at you in the middle
of the game. -Oh, yeah. It’s, like, yeah. It’s… No, because, like, I-I played.
I was, like… You know, I played with Ninja
today, like, for the fir… -I played Fortnite
for the first time ever. -Yeah. -And-and you played… Yeah.
-(cheering) And you played on a console
for the first time ever. -And we won our first match
together. -Fortnite. Yeah, yeah. -Yup.
-Which was pretty amazing. -It was awesome.
-Yeah, there’s like… There’s-there’s a little clip
of us. It was pretty dope.
I’ll show you. We got a clip, -don’t we?
-Boom. Oh, shit.
I shot someone’s head. (laughs)
That was nice. Oh, you got…
You killed someone? I think so. I mean, I shot them,
and then, they stopped living, so I think
that’s what happened. -Yeah, that was,
uh, pretty dope. -Yeah. -That was amazing.
-One for one. 100% win ratio. That was, uh… -Yeah, we won. -You should have
stopped there, man. -And then you told me to quit…
-Yup. because I had
a perfect win ratio. -I had 100% win rate.
-Think about that story. -And then I came back and got
beaten every single time. -Yup. What was… what was fascinating
to me was this. We were playing, and, like, our
accounts weren’t, like, locked, -so people just joined in.
-Yeah. And at some point, we had, like, -hundreds of kids online.
-Yeah. Like, all different ages.
Like, some-some, like, 19-year-olds, others, like, ten. And they were just like,
“Ninja! Ninja!” They’re all just dancing
in the lobby. -It was hilarious. -Yeah,
and then they were, like… It felt like
they were chasing us. -Like, you owed children money
or something. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just, like, screaming. Like, does that ever, like,
seem normal to you is that you’ve become
a bona fide celebrity -to many in the world…
-Yeah. …and some people
don’t know you -when you walk down the street?
-Dude, it’s-it’s crazy. I don’t really… I just…
You know, I’m just a gamer, man. That’s how I look at it,
so I don’t… I mean, I love it.
I-I think that, you know, when kids screaming
my name, “Ninja, I love you!” -Right. -I mean,
I love it, man. It’s a… Do you think it changed
when you played against Drake? Oh, dude, that…
I mean, that made… That took me,
and, in my opinion, like, gaming, like, main…
Like, that blew up. Like, that was one
of the first times I feel like that-that gaming and streaming
really hit, like, almost every single
news outlet. Yeah, because that was huge.
They were like, -“Ninja is going to play
against Drake.” -Yeah. And I was like, “I’m sorry.
The what’s gonna happen to who?” -Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah,
yeah, yeah, yeah. -(laughter) Dude, I woke… I woke up after,
so, like, it was, like, a last-minute thing.
It was 7:00 at night. And I was… I don’t even think
I was streaming. I wasn’t even streaming.
I was done. I think I finished,
like, a 12-hour stream. I woke up at, like, 6:00,
and I got off at 6:00. And then I got a text
from Drake at, like, 6:30. He’s like, “Hey, man,
I’m on this game.” I was like, “Ooh,
this is happening.” Ran downstairs, started
the stream right back up, and then, you know, we streamed
for, like, three hours. And then I was freaking out. I passed out right away
after it, and woke up to, like,
just insane new… Like, my Twitter time line
was mad… Yeah. It changed…
it changed everything. And I think, like,
we started to see that in-in the rise of Ninja. You know, you’ve become
bigger than just gaming. -It’s become an idea,
it’s become a brand. -Yeah. You know, you work with Adidas. You know, you-you have
Mixer that you stream your… Like, you broke the record
for the most subscribers -on a streaming service, like,
in a week. -Yeah. Yup. -(whoops) -And now…
now you’ve got this book. -And this is interesting.
-(applause) -Thank you guys. Yeah. No, this is interesting. (applause and cheering) This is interesting, because… because, like, when they were,
like, “Ninja’s got a book,” -I was like, “A book
about what?” -Yeah. -(laughter) I was like, “It’s gaming.
What do you have a book about? -Like, the buttons? What is…
what is…?” -Yeah. -It’s…
-But… but I’m… Yeah, but I’m not even serious.
Like, I’m not even joking. I-I read the book,
and as a gamer, but just as, like, as someone
who’s interested in what you do. -I found it fascinating
how you break it down. -Yeah. -Like, this is, like,
the business of gaming, -Mm-hmm. and it’s the business
of the sport. Like, this is a manual
which technically doesn’t exist. -Right.
-Is that why you wrote it? I really wanted
to just give back. I mean, I’ve been streaming,
like I said, for a long time, and every day
I get asked questions, you know? “Tyler, Ninja,
what settings do use?” “What’s the best keyboard?”
“What’s the best headset?” “How do I get better?”
“How do I get more viewers?” And it’s, like, you know,
I was just tired of answering the questions,
so I wrote a book. -Right.
-(laughter) Let me… let me ask you this,
let me ask you this, ’cause this is something
that I found really… really beautiful was,
like, in the book you talk about the myths
in and around gaming. You’re like, people are like,
“Gaming makes the kids violent,” “Gaming makes the kids want
to shoot people,” but this is something
I honestly found when I was playing with you,
and I love that you write about it in the book as well,
is, like, the community -that gaming provides people,
-Oh, yeah. and the fun that
you actually can have. Because, like, a lot of these
kids, when they were speaking, my favorite was, was a kid from
somewhere in the United Kingdom, somewhere–
sounded Scottish or whatever. -Yeah, sounded Scottish.
-But he was like, (Scottish accent):
“Ninja? Is that you, Ninja? “‘Cause I saw you…
I think he can hear us, “but he can’t s…
He’s not speaking. Ninja,
I love you so much, Ninja.” But-but there really is,
like, a, like, a… like, and you said,
the kids were dancing with their little avatars,
there’s, like, a fun -that is associated…
-Yeah, it’s a community, man. Right. Why do you think
that community is so tight, and why do you think
that group is growing -at the rate that it is?
-‘Cause people just love playing video games together. It’s a great way to connect,
man, and you can do it from the inside of your home.
It’s awesome. I mean, and honestly,
it’s just so fun. So fun. It’s so fun
to-to play with someone and-and form a relationship with someone you’ve
never even met before, right? Another, you know, if you’re
a ten-year-old, 12-year-old, you’re playing
with another ten-year-old -in frickin’, you know,
in Scotland, right, -Yeah, yeah. and you’re in America,
and you can form a rela… like that, literally,
that wasn’t possible. You couldn’t do it, you
couldn’t have that friendship, you couldn’t play with that
person and have a good time and form that friendship until,
you know, gaming really started
to take off. And it’s just getting better
and, I mean, dude, literally, we had…
40 people were just dancing -from different countries
in our lobby, -Yes. and we were only live for,
like, 20 minutes. Like, I mean, it’s just…
it’s a… it’s insane. So what does…
so what does Ninja do now? ‘Cause, I mean, like,
gaming is your life, gaming is your job,
gaming is your money. -Yeah.
-I game… like, to-to relax,
but you game for the job. So what do you do
in your time off? -Do you, like, accounting?
What do you do? -(laughter) Dude, I don’t…
I don’t even know, I don’t even know
what I do in my time off. I mean, I just, I just go,
I literally don’t have time off. -Right. -I get off-stream,
I obviously, uh, I usually watch other streams
and I watch videos and I try to constantly
always improve on my craft, but also, I’m always,
you know, traveling and doing a bunch of stuff, so
when I finally do have time off, man, I’m…
just gonna sleep a lot. -(laughter)
-Yeah. -Sleeping?
-I’m just gonna, -just gonna give me a beach,
-Right. Corona, you know what I mean,
on the beach, and… and just, I’m
just checked out for, like… -Just chilling there.
-a solid week and a half. Right. I love that.
All the way to the beach, all the way
from your mom’s basement. Congratulations, my man.
Thank you so much. -Really dope having you.
-(cheering, applause) Get Good is available now. And obviously, you can watch him
game at mixer.com/ninja. Tyler Ninja Blevins, everybody.

100 thoughts on “Tyler “Ninja” Blevins – “Get Good” and Life as an Elite Professional Gamer | The Daily Show”

  1. I don't like fortnite and i don't watch ninja. But his success and influence is undeniable and I am so happy that Trevor Noah was able to give a genuine interview without ever making fun of the legitimacy and future of gaming.

  2. what the hell in life is not violent? we used to run around with spears and randomly murder animals to survive.. video gaming might be a combat simulation, but what if our miltary is now more prepared.

  3. Funny part is people think it just happens when you start playing, but there's actually background to the games you played that is helping your current game .

  4. You're giving him credible for things he didn't do. Ninja is the top streamer (or was) but he's not a pioneer or the person that started professional gaming that's bullshit and Ninja knows it. He doesn't need more of an ego. He even started to report people who beat him because "they must be cheating if they killed him." He's honestly just a man child screaming into the mic and gets bodied by other actual pro gamers like Dafran and Galeadelade

  5. My 8 year old niece watches another guy that looks just like this guy people play video games too. Her people skills are crap and she doesn't have friends ….. If her mother were alive she'd probably be less of a follower.

  6. This whole thing is weird. My 8 yr old niece watches another gamer on youtube. She watches him talk to himself (and to his screen)……… Now she talks to screens/monitors too…….

  7. the word "athlete" used to mean someone who had athletic abilities (e.g. physical exertion involving muscles, lunges, cardiovascular ability)…now it just means being good with controllers…

    please don't conflate "Athlete" and "athletic"

  8. Its amazing that someone who knows drake and is invited on the daily show can be someone who i dont know at all and i play video games

  9. I am SO glad I grew up in the 69s and 70s. I'm glad these young'uns are "meeting" people at least. MAN I sound like an old fart 🙁

  10. Hahaha "Fortnite is a videogame" hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha yeah, and Candy Crush is also not for filthy casuals hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….

  11. Tell u never know who u meet online gaming met a guy n was like brothers till he disappeared for a year looked for him couldn’t find him just to have someone on my friends list randomly drop in n say he was murdered smdh crazy shit

  12. Personally don't care for Ninja or his stream, but he's a huge plus for gaming as it moves into the "mainstream"
    Especially with bringing in sponsors, news coverage, and just financial support in general. Shit is gonna blow up

  13. Trevor Noah hopping on the bandwagon years later wtf. Ninja is dying in mixer, why not get logan paul might as well try and revive that shitty career too

  14. fckoff i dont wanna see troah gaming, i alrdy have to dislike all the let's play's from YT recommendations to get rid of this BS, ppl shall play games for themself and not watch others play them

  15. 6:18 very flawed logic of game enriched celebrity, people are getting addicted to that shit, being gamer myself, it's so easy for game to take over your life and change it forever

  16. I am sorry, but THIS is a BIG PART of why we have a MORON in the White House. "Streaming for 12 hours a day for 6 years…"??? Use you head to help CHANGE THE WORLD in a REAL Way. Teach kids a REAL SKILL to sustain their lives.

  17. I'm sorry. I love videogames as much as the next person, but it's not a fucking sport. Stop calling pro-gamers athletes.

  18. The reason I love Trevor so much is that he actually knows what he's talking about, and can literally make anything entertaining to watch (without slaughtering somebody's reputation) on the spot. We need more people like Trevor in the news.

  19. The reason why I game with my kids, and let them play online too, is because they really do learn a lot. When it's just a few 10 year olds playing garden warfare, they get to talking. The internet isn't completely lost. Yet.

  20. I'm to me my opinion he isn't a pioneer for gaming as a sport get out of here other people did it before him he just got rich out of it cuz of fortnite for some reason

  21. Columbus Ohio MLG halo in 2010. Man those were the days . Too bad halo is been dying since . Halo pro making it big . He makes us proud .

  22. Isn't this the guy that screams at kids to shut up and gets people banned who kill him???
    Does he even play in tournaments?

  23. im suprised they didnt try to get an esports team for this kind of thing of how gaming is now seen as mainstream to get multiple points of veiw. oh nvm, it was a book based reason.

  24. I am thinking Ninja has a different experience with the gaming community than me…Ninja, I love you…Hellasow you suck…hellasow I hope you die…

  25. I watch alot of talk shows and Trevor is def the most relatable, his views are interesting and brings a dope ass variety of people to interview

  26. Growing up as a kid I’ve always loved video games. I would play every day. My parents would always tell me: Stop playing those games it will make you dumb. I wish I would have not listened. Follow your dreams people.

  27. Its not a fake company of old people luring kids to molest them, its a real company of people paying kids to be abused online while being watched and paid to say thank you to any brainwashy comment people can think of to tell the youth, often getting paid themselves to do it rather than care about them, this is the hierarchy of being paid not to care, and influencing others to do the same. This is because there are so many real issues right now that people with money want you to ignore that they want you to watch twitch and see if you can help encourage the youth to give up their future.

  28. I think you are overhyping Ninja here because that gaming got mainstream took decades and just because he had some big breaks doesn't mean he deserves so much credit for it.

  29. Gaming allows you to create worlds you control, unbound by the physical realm, with minimal monetary costs'. & it's fun, unlike real life sometimes.

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