World's best Microsoft Excel users battle it out in a head-to-head tournament

If you’ve ever wondered on the identity of the greatest Microsoft Excel wizard to walk planet Earth, then today is your day.

Over the weekend, Microsoft sponsered an e-sports competition that had nothing to do with League of Legends or Counter-Strike.

Instead, the Financial Modeling World Cup (FMWC) brings together the greatest Excel brains from around the globe to compete for a $10,000 (£7,500) grand prize.

On Saturday, the competitors assembled for the quarters finals, semi finals and finals complete with announcers, live commentary, and a scoreboard.

It was all live streamed on YouTube and the combatants were tasked with case studies containing real-world problems, along with six to 15 questions that varying in difficulty. The tougher questions rewarded more points.

As for what they actually need to do, the official website’s rules outline ‘The participants will have 40 minutes to solve a case, prepared by the organising committee. The participants will be required to solve a business case through creating a financial model and answering several questions related to the model.’

Emerging victorious was Australian Andrew Ngai who beat Canadian Michael Jarman in the final.

Thank you everyone for participating and watching the FMWC Open!

Congratulations to the winner of the FMWC Open Andrew Ngai and all the other finalists – you are the true Excel masters.

Here’s to more great events like this one!
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And if you fancied giving it a go yourself, you can test your mettle against some sample questions posted on the FMWC site here.

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