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Excel: an e-sport that aired on ESPN

League of Legends, Dota2, Fortnite and e-sports received a new title: ; Microsoft’s flagship spreadsheet.

As extraordinary as it may seem, the program belonging to the Office suite is not only used to make records, numbers and accounts. Now, it has also become a competitive e-sport. So much so that the competition was held in May 2022 by the Financial Modeling World Cup (FMWC).

Despite the fact that this software is considered an e-sport since 2014, it has recently gained popularity. We tell you a little more:

Why is Microsoft Excel an e-sport?

In the Excel All Star Battle competition, eight competitors battled it out for a $10,000 prize pool, but the tournament was broadcast this weekend on ESPN.

In accordance with FMWC rules, competitors were presented with different case studies that may be applicable to the real world, which players had to solve in less than 30 minutes. They were also presented with six to 15 questions, and the more complex the question, the more points were awarded.

In addition, in this competition the commentators were Bill Jelen, known as “Mr. Excel” and Oz Du Soleil, administrator of the YouTube channel “Excel on Fire”. Both are considered experts on the program, with Jelen having more than 40 books on Excel and Du Soleil having several books on the software.

The winner of the competition was Andrew Ngai, a player from the United Kingdom.

What is Excel and what can be done with this program?

Excel is the program you would use if you need to do anything related to large amounts of data or simple calculations. You can make graphs, pivot tables and even calculate budgets.

, accountants kept spreadsheets to keep records. That tool was transferred to electronics in the 1960s, and in 1982 Microsoft created the predecessor of Excel: Multiplan.

That could be considered the first version of Excel, although it only worked on the Macintosh. In 1987, the second version was launched, which could already run on the Windows platform. From there the popularity of the program began to become the most popular spreadsheet.

Excel organizes the information in rows and columns, by means of cells, to enter numerical and alphanumeric data in order to perform calculations and apply complex mathematical functions.

4 interesting facts about Excel

  1. It was the first program to introduce a toolbar: In version 3.0 this option was introduced.
  2. At first it only had a capacity for 16,384 rows: Currently it can support up to one million 48 thousand 576.
  3. You can make art in Excel: The Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi has used this platform to make artistic works.
  4. “Mr.Spreadsheet” was an alternative name: This was a name that was seriously considered when the idea for the software was born.

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