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Monday, August 08, 2022

If you watched ESPN2 during its stint last weekend as "ESPN8: The Ocho," you may have seen some odd, meme-friendly competitions, including corgi racing, precision paper airplane tossing, and slippery stair climbing. Or you might have seen "Excel Esports: All-Star Battle," a tournament in which an unexpected full-column Flash Fill is announced like a 50-yard Hail Mary.

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...It's just the latest mainstream acknowledgment of Excel as a viable, if quirky, esport, complete with down-to-the-wire tension and surprising comebacks.

The Financial Modeling World Cup (FMWC) hosts regular international competitions, both invitational and open to anyone, in which Excel pros strive to solve as many questions as possible from a complex task. You can download all three of the tasks used in last weekend's battle for free.

ESPN showed a 30-minute edited version of the full two-hour-and-48-minute all-star battle between previous champions. The ESPN broadcast showed one of the three rounds; it focused on calculating how many points different spins of a free, online slot-machine-like game would generate for players. There were many spins and some quirky scoring rules.

Featured in this all-star battle was 2021 FMWC World Cup winner Diarmuid Early, an FMWC grandmaster from Ireland who claims 10,000 hours in Excel. (He would be Lambda if he were a function, he said.) The winner of the first championship in 2020, Joseph Lau (28,600 hours, Isological), also competed, along with six other highly ranked function warriors....



#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-08 02:38 PM | Reply

Back in a prior life, the spreadsheet was one of my favorite computer apps. I went from using VisiCalc, to being a beta-tester for version 1.1 of Lotus 1-2-3, to using Microsoft Excel and teaching classes on it within the company.

I enjoyed spreadsheets, they were fun.

But at no point did I ever think of entering competitions for using spreadsheets.

eSports is a funny thing....

imo, of course.


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-08 02:42 PM | Reply

Far too much of the world runs on Excel.

The right-wing meme that when the Debt to GDP ratio exceeds 1:1 it always leads to financial collapse? That stems from an error on an Excel spreadsheet.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-08 03:58 PM | Reply

@#3 ... That stems from an error on an Excel spreadsheet. ...

I hadn't heard about that one, but some of the other "spreadsheet error" stories I could tell....

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-08 04:35 PM | Reply

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