What is the Microsoft Excel World Championship?

edited May 13 in Gaming

Picture an esports arena where Excel formulas are your tools and spreadsheet prowess decides your fate. Organized by the Financial Modeling World Cup team and supported by Microsoft, this international competition invites Excel users from all backgrounds to tackle complex real-world challenges. Whether you're a seasoned analyst or a spreadsheet enthusiast, the championship offers a unique stage to showcase your skills, compete for prizes, and potentially earn international recognition. Let's explore the exciting world of the Microsoft Excel World Championship (MEWC) – a contest where spreadsheet expertise reigns supreme.

History of the Microsoft Excel World Championship 

By 2021, this interest culminated in the creation of the MEWC, born from a partnership between the FMWC team and Microsoft. The inaugural event was a notable success, characterized by an esports-style format that included live commentary, direct confrontations, and elimination rounds. In 2022, the FMWC Open was officially rebranded as the Microsoft Excel World Championship.  

The 2023 Microsoft Excel World Championship, marked by Andrew Ngai's third consecutive victory, demonstrated the event's growing sophistication and global appeal. Hosted at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas and broadcasted on platforms like YouTube and ESPN, Ngai, nicknamed "The Annihilator," showcased his mastery by quickly analyzing complex datasets, including fictional scenarios from a role-playing game. This championship illustrated Excel's evolution from basic functions to intricate financial modeling and data analysis, emphasizing its importance in various professional fields. The competition not only tested technical skills but also the ability to perform under pressure, cementing the event’s status as a celebrated international spectacle and inspiring Excel users worldwide to enhance their skills.

Microsoft Excel World Championship 2024

General rules 

Participants must tackle a range of Excel-based tasks of varying complexity, with automated grading systems in place to ensure fairness and objectivity. The competition accommodates users of Microsoft Excel from version 2010 and newer, and participants are required to submit their solutions within specified formats, primarily numerical. 

The MEWC 2024 emphasizes inclusivity and accessibility, allowing Excel users worldwide to engage in competitive activities while also standing a chance to win significant prizes and gain international recognition. The structure and detailed planning of events like the Excel Esports Battles highlight the championship's commitment to a comprehensive and globally inclusive competition.To see a more detailed version of the 2024’s rules please visit the MEWC’s official website.  

Geographical coverage 

The MEWC 2024 has a global reach, organized into regional qualification rounds covering five distinct areas: 

  • Africa 
  • Asia/Pacific (including Australia) 
  • Europe 
  • North America (USA & Canada) 
  • South/Latin America 

How to participate 

  1. Registration: Start by registering for the competition. The registration involves paying a $50.00 participation fee (or a $35.00 for early bird signups) which covers entry to all online and final rounds, except for optional events such as the "Road to Las Vegas" battles. For those interested in testing your metal follow this link to sign up
  2. Engage in Qualifying Rounds: Depending on your choice, you can participate in the "Road to Las Vegas" Excel Esports Battles to qualify or through other qualifying rounds that lead to the online and final rounds. These battles are scheduled throughout the year and participation in them is optional but provides a direct path to later stages. 
  3. Compete in Online and Live Rounds: If you qualify through the initial rounds or battles, you will proceed to the online playoff rounds, followed by the live finals in Las Vegas if successful. 

Schedule and structure of tournament 

The pathway to victory in the MEWC 2024 is structured through a series of qualifying competitions organized by FMWC, which include: 

  • Road to Las Vegas: This is an optional series of 10 monthly battles, running from January 25, 2024, to October 10, 2024. Participants have 30 minutes to complete tasks received via email between 4:30 PM and 4:40 PM or 7:30 AM and 7:40 AM London time. All submissions are due by 5:15 PM or 8:15 AM, respectively. Each battle incurs a participation fee of $20. The battles will happen on: 
    • January 25, 2024, 4:30 PM London Time 
    • February 29, 2024, 4:30 PM London Time 
    • March 28, 2024, 7:30 AM London Time 
    • April 25, 2024, 4:30 PM London Time 
    • May 30, 2024, 4:30 PM London Time 
    • June 20, 2024, 7:30 AM London Time 
    • July 25, 2024, 4:30 PM London Time 
    • August 29, 2024, 7:30 AM London Time 
    • September 19, 2024, 4:30 PM London Time 
    • October 10, 2024, 4:30 PM London Time 

Competitors can choose to engage in these battles to potentially bypass earlier qualifying rounds, but it is not mandatory for all contestants to participate in them. 

  • MEWC Online Rounds: Scheduled from October 12, 2024, to October 31, 2024, these rounds further narrow the field. 
    • MEWC Qualification Round: Saturday, October 12, 2024 
    • Last 128 Round: Saturday, October 26, 2024 
    • Last 64 Round: Saturday, October 26, 2024 
    • Last 32 Round: Thursday, October 31, 2024 
    • Last 16 Round: Thursday, October 31, 2024 
  • Las Vegas Finals: The final stage of the competition takes place from December 2 to December 4, 2024, in Las Vegas. 
    • Day 1: Last Chance Qualification Round: Monday, December 2, 2024 
    • In-Person Finals (the Day 2 and Day 3 Rounds): Tuesday-Wednesday, December 3-4, 2024 

For those interested in watching this tournament head over to the Financial Modeling World Cup’s Youtube Channel.  

Prize money funds 

The MEWC 2024 offers a substantial prize pool sponsored by Microsoft, distributed as follows: 

  • Winner: $5,000 
  • 2nd Place: $3,000 
  • 3rd Place: $2,500 
  • 4th to 6th Places: $2,000 each 
  • 7th to 12th Places: $1,500 each 
  • 13th to 24th Places: $1,000 each 

This prize distribution ensures that a broad range of participants has the opportunity to win monetary awards, not just the top few. Participation not only provides the chance to win these prizes but also enhances visibility and credibility in professional and Excel enthusiast communities. 


The Microsoft Excel World Championship (MEWC) highlights how Excel has become a platform for intense and strategic competitions, attracting participants from around the globe to solve complex tasks for significant prizes. The MEWC has expanded to include not just basic Excel skills, but also advanced techniques that test participants' quick thinking and problem-solving abilities. The 2024 championship promises an organized series of events leading to the finals in Las Vegas, offering competitors the chance to gain international recognition. For those looking to improve their Excel skills or prepare for future competitions, the Financial Modeling World Cup website provides practical resources and sample cases.

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Patrick Yu is a Senior Project Manager at Level Interactive and has 8 years of experience writing business, legal, lifestyle, gaming, and technology articles. He is a significant contributor to Acer Corner and is currently based in Taipei, Taiwan.



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