Fortune Fantasy Executive League
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Understanding how to win the Fortune Fantasy Sports Executive League is simple: It’s a popularity contest. Pick the executives that matter most to Fortune, the experts and other folks just like you and you’ll find yourself at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the game.
Understanding exactly how the game is scored is a little trickier. A team earns points based on the popularity of its executives within three pools: other players, experts and Fortune’s team, which will be revealed online July 26, and in the August 13 issue of the magazine. Expert pool points and magazine pool points are weighted double.
Here’s how a team’s total score is calculated:
U + 2X + 2F = team’s total score.
U = points earned by popularity of executives within the user pool
X = points earned by popularity of executives within expert pool
F = points earned by number of matching executives on Fortune team
As people create teams and experts submit their teams, the popularity of a team’s executives will change. Team score will update in real-time and fluctuate until the game ends on July 26, when Fortune releases its picks. (Note: Team creation ends on Friday, July 13.)
A team’s U (points earned by popularity of executives within user pool) and X (points earned by popularity of executives within expert pool) are calculated based on how popular each of a team’s executives is at their position. If a team has the most popular executive at a position, the team will be awarded the maximum amount of points for that position.
The number of executives available for selection at a position determines the maximum number of points for that position. For example, if there are 10 executives that can be selected at the CEO position, a team will be able to earn at most 10 points at that position within the three pools. If the team has the second most popular executive on its roster, then the team will be awarded the maximum number of points minus 1. So in this example, the team with the second most popular pick at the CEO position would get 9 points, the team with the third most popular pick
would get 8 points, and so on. The teams with the very least popular pick at a position or a pick with no votes (only possible in the expert and Fortune pools) will always receive only 1 point.
In case of a tie, when two executives share the same number of votes, they will earn their team the maximum no. points for their shared ranking. The next most-popular executive, however, will be two positions down from the pair. For instance, if there is a tie for first place, the next executive in line will be in third place and receive the corresponding number of points for that ranking.
F (the score based on the Fortune magazine pool) is calculated somewhat differently from the points a team can earn in the user (U) and expert (X) pools. For F, there is technically only one vote being cast per position. In this pool, the user can only earn the maximum number of points for the position, which means they’ve selected the same executive as Fortune, or 1 point, which means the team has not selected the same executive as Fortune.
Here’s how the score for each pool will be calculated:
CEO (points based on popularity ranking)
+ COO (points based on popularity ranking)
+ CIO (points based on popularity ranking)
+ CFO (points based on popularity ranking)
+ CMO (points based on popularity ranking)
+ Designer/Engineer (points based on popularity ranking)
+ Non-executive Chairman (points based on popularity ranking)
+ Chief Strategist (points based on popularity ranking)
+ Executive Adviser (points based on popularity ranking)
Total U, X and F points earned
In case of a tie, the team judged by a panel of Fortune editors to have the best name will win the grand prize. Click here to learn more about game rules.
Why can't we see how many points each executive has earned my team?
This is done purposefully to cut down on cheating. Since the teams are public, this information would have been public, too. This information, knowing exactly which executives are earning the most points, would give a distinct advantage to players who wait to enter the game. This would not be fair.
Who are experts?
Experts are handpicked high-level executives combined with Fortune writers and editors. They are NOT eligible to win the game.
Why don't you make all teams public and accessible via the site?
Again, this is to cut down on cheating. Deciding to share a team is a strategic decision best left to the individual player. If you share your team, you can potentially boost your user score by convincing others to choose the same executives you did. The potential risk of sharing your team is if someone selects the same team as you and your team earns the highest score, it will mean more competition in the tiebreaker.