Esports isn’t just for shooters, MOBAs, and real-time strategy games.As we’ve seen over the past few years, almost anything can be esports, from Farming Sim League to Geoguessr Competition to Wikipedia Express. If it’s a program that runs on a computer, no matter what it is, someone will find a way to make it competitive.so certainly There is Microsoft Excel eSports.
According to reports technology radar (opens in new tab), Excel esports attracted a lot of new fans last weekend when ESPN aired a replay of the Excel All-Star Game that took place in May. The event is organized by the Financial Modeling World Cup, “the leading financial modeling competition for all interested in finance,” and will be presented on August 4 as part of ESPN’s “The Ocho,” a 24-hour celebration Strange sports racing including corgis, axe throwing and rock jumping.
The more I see alternative eSports competitions, the less surprised I am: Excel eSports is a lot of fun. I really don’t know what happened during most of the Excel All-Star Game – the highlight of my own Excel career was when I worked in construction management and figured out how to make pivot tables – but again I Don’t know or understand what’s going on in a typical Dota 2 or League of Legends game. That doesn’t mean they’re not fun.
In three rounds, contestants completed extremely complex tasks on spreadsheets with a time limit of 30 minutes. Eliminate half of the players in each round. Appropriately, each round is a “case study” problem involving a different game. In the first round, eight cyber players will be challenged to create a slot machine game with eight different symbols and a complex scoring system. The second round is a sailing regatta game with complex wind speed and direction simulation, and the third round is a platform game with six different levels. Yes, these games are all created in spreadsheets. Somehow.
Review courtesy of the enthusiastic Bill Jelen duo (Mr. Excel (opens in new tab)), author of more than 40 Excel books, and Oz Du Soleil, who has co-authored many Excel books and runs Excel catches fire (opens in new tab) YouTube channel. They were a great team, and at some point during the game, they exploded when a player accidentally opened Excel’s help dialog. “Oh no, the F1 key! Horrible F1 key,” Jelen said, and Oz laughed. “Right next to F2. You accidentally press help and it pops up the help parameters. Of course no one here will press help on purpose!”
It really feels like watching a movement, as Jelen and Oz shift their attention from desktop to desktop, discussing the methods competitors are using, and occasionally moving to topics like the challenges of importing emoji into other programs. “I moved a pretzel emoji into Power Query and it blew up,” Oz said in a discussion about using symbols in Excel forums. “The poo emoji appeared, but the pretzel didn’t.”
Another weird esports addition to my must-see list, I guess. As with many esports, if you feel like you have the skills to play, why not play it yourself?you can register FMWC opens itself here (opens in new tab). The top 128 contestants will be selected in October and the finals will be held on November 12. Last year’s prize was $10,000 you can watch in 2021 Spreadsheet showdown is here (opens in new tab).