On June 8th, Microsoft hosted one of the world’s first Excel esports tournaments. The competition saw eight competitors face off in an event dubbed the Financial Modeling World Cup.
The multiplayer battle featured financial modelers from eight countries: the United States, South Africa, Poland, India, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Malaysia. The financial modelers competed head-to-head for a claim of the tournament’s $20K prize pool.
Canada’s Michael Jarman placed first in the event. Andrew Ngai of the U.K. placed second. Australia’s John Lim came in third.
The 2021 Financial Modeling World Cup began in January and runs through December 20th. The next events in the series are scheduled to take place from June 25th to the 28th.
The Profit‘s Take:
This definitely stretches the definition of esports but shows just how far companies (like Microsoft) will go to jump on the gaming hype bandwagon. Personally, I’m sort of curious to watch competitive Microsoft Excel.