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Has the world of eSports gone too far?  Microsoft this week announced that they would be launching the inaugural Excel World Championships.  While the world of eSports has typically been focused on the realm of video games, Microsoft certainly isn’t going to let that stop them from getting in on the action.

Microsoft Excel

A blank slate in Microsoft Excel.

The Microsoft Office suite is one of the most widely used suites of computer programs on the planet and their spreadsheet program is a cornerstone of that.  In a world increasingly dominated by big data, tools and skills, products like Microsoft Excel are integral to keeping up with the fast pace of the Internet age.

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The Excel World Championships will take place from Q4 2016 until Q1 2017 and will feature four rounds of intense cell-on-cell action.  Each region will host its own championships across these four rounds before the best of each ascend to the next round of the inaugural tournament.

Microsoft Excel

Whoops, wrong Cell!

While the four rounds of competition are yet to be specifically defined, Microsoft has teased that the first round will “test your skills to see if you have what it takes”.  That could literally mean anything.  The opening round of the tournament will kick-off on October 3rd and run through until the 9th of the same month.

The grand prize for the eventual World Champion is a trip to Seattle and a meeting with Excel Product Leads to provide feedback on the next features added to Excel.  Head here to find out how you can apply to become the world’s first Champion of Excel.


What other non-game computer program do you think could be adapted to take part in the world of eSports?

Source: Microsoft