As the story goes, one night in 2010 or so, Kalanick was with
friend and Uber investor Chris Sacca. Sacca’s dad requested a game
of “Wii Tennis” and Kalanick allegedly blew them all away before
revealing he was tied for 2nd best in the world.
The first problem here is that “Wii Tennis” is not a video game
that exists. I reached out to several Uber representatives a few
times for clarity on this but the company replied that, “we’re not
commenting.” When we asked Nintendo of America for help in
identifying this game, it said “We have nothing to announce on
Based on this story’s many retellings (and the images used
whenever it makes media rounds throughout the past couple of
years), most people assume that they actually meant Wii Sports,
released in 2006, which included a tennis mini-game. It was also
an insanely popular game that sold over 82 million copies and was
packed in with the Wii in North America, so it makes sense that
Sacca’s dad had it. The problem here is that Wii Sports had no
online play of any kind and therefore no leaderboard to keep track
of the best players in the world.
“Second-best in the world” is such a funny thing to lie about.