ESPN is the latest sports network to start broadcasting esports. The company partnered with Microsoft and host an entire weekend of events, including a competition where Excel users competed in head-to-head matches across multiple categories.
The “microsoft excel esports tournament” is a competition that took place on ESPN this past weekend. The event featured 16 teams and had a prize pool of $50,000.
It would be simple to make a joke about “spreadsheets in space” MMORPGs, but the fact is much crazier and funnier than any joke we could concoct: ESPN reportedly hosted a financial model creation competition using Microsoft Excel, with eight “Excel professionals” (really) competing for a chance to win $10,000 in prizes at the Financial Modeling World Cup (FMWC) finals.
Each phase of the competition involves contestants being provided with a one to five page case study with real-world situations and up to 15 questions of various difficulty that must be answered; the more complicated the question, the more points earned. The finals broadcast, to ESPN’s credit, featured all of the production value and attention of any esports event. Just instead of frags, you know, financial models.
The FMWC isn’t the only office software esporting competition out there; there’s also a Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship, in which students fight for scholarships using a complete suite of Microsoft Office products, demonstrating that esports can come from everywhere.
The embed below has all of the high-octane financial modeling action from this past weekend’s FMWC finals.
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December 11, 2021 — Connor (@mmofallout)
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The “888 battle” was an ESPN hosted Microsoft Excel esports competition this past weekend. The tournament had a prize pool of $100,000 and the winner was determined by who had the most kills in the round.
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