Announcing the 2020 Fantasy MBA Grand Prize Winner
When we created Fantasy MBA in early 2020, COVID-19 was hardly a whisper in the United States. With reports of a few cases overseas, we haven’t seen a pandemic sweeping the world and changing the lives of everyone, including those who have played our ranking game. We started out with the hope that our readers would fill in four parentheses for four different MBA rankings. In return, we would give the winner a nice three-school counseling package.
But alas, it was not possible when Businessweek suspended its 2020 ranking and The Economist delayed the publication of its list until January 2021.
Full disclosure, we also encountered some hiccups. Yale University School of Management, while visible to us site admins on the game board, was not available for players to log in in brackets. And then, the schools that tied with the same rank turned out to be a conundrum. I’m happy to report that we finally fixed both of these issues in time for the second installment of the 2021 game when the Forbes publishes its biannual ranking in September this year. Until we get to that point, all players are at least on a level playing field.
With only two ranking tiers available to players last year – US News and Poets and quants –To earn points and some logic to iron out, 2020 has definitely been the beta testing ground for Fantasy MBA. That said, you know we’re going to keep our promise and award the winner a cash prize of $ 1,000, while the finalists who log in with us will each receive loot and a reward of $ 100 for playing.
Winners are based on TOTAL points, even for the slices that could not be scored. The players have done their part, so those points count. In this inaugural tale, the Quants sacked the poets. Of our five remarkable winners, only one identified himself as a poet. So maybe there is something in this numbers thing.
As a reminder, here’s how scoring works: There are four ways to score points in Fantasy MBA: open points, list points, and two types of community points. Players earn 25 points by joining (opening) a bracket. Players then earn 15 points for each correctly named school ranked in the top five places and ten points for each correctly named school between sixth and tenth place. Each list of slices is worth a total of 150 points: 25 for opening and 125 for a perfect match with the current ranking. If a school is named, but in the wrong place, no points are awarded. Players earn bonus points for community engagement: two points for each comment given on another player’s profile and one point for each comment posted by other players or game fans on their profile.
Without further ado, here are the Fantasy MBA Ranking Game 2020 winners!
A 2020 MBA candidate, Quant, and winner of the $ 1,000 grand prize
STS opened the four available media and took advantage of the community engagement messages to earn a total of 192 points. Opening the brackets and making selections was what won the game for this player. Staying loyal to Harvard as No.1 in both scoring brackets didn’t earn STS points. In the US News Parenthesis, STS placed three of the top five schools with 45 points placing Wharton at No.2, Booth at No.4 and Sloan at No.5. P&Q Parenthesis, STS placed four schools correctly with Wharton at No.3, Columbia at No.7, Haas at No.8 and Tuck at No.9, earning 45 extra points. STS, you did not enter an email address when creating your profile, so we do not know how to contact you. You have until April 30 to claim your $ 1,000 prize! Write to me HERE.
Lambda77: a former, Quant and our finalist
Lambda77 was so close to being the first winner, behind STS by just two points with a total score of 190. If Lambda77 had taken advantage of the community points, he would receive a check for $ 1,000. But there is still good news. Lambda77 will receive the cash prize if STS does not show up to claim it by midnight on April 30. Otherwise, we’ll send him a $ 100 gift card, our favorite P&Q hoodie, and an invitation to play and possibly win it all next time!
JimboJambo: A potential 2025 candidate and our one and only token poet took third place with 184 points. We want to keep an eye on this player and find out where JimboJambo applies in the future. Until then, we’ll send him a $ 100 gift card and the coveted P&Q hoodie!
Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst: A 2020 candidate and Quant took fourth place with 176 points. We can keep an eye on this player since Mr. Bangladesh Analyst has an MBA Watch profile. Have you applied and entered HBS? We hope so and encourage you. Send us an update! In the meantime, we’ll send you a $ 100 gift card and the super comfy P&Q hoodie!
Gimme Dat scholarship: A future MBA, Gimme Dat is the fourth Quant of our top five players. Gimme Dat obtained 170 points on three supports. We can’t give Gimme a purse or the grand prize, but that player will also get the $ 100 gift card, the really cool P&Q hoodie.
Congratulations! Players, we’ll get in touch with you, but if you’re reading this first, email me to claim your prize!
PLAY THE GAME 2021!
You can still win brackets or even the grand prize. The total points win in November. Tip: Take the opportunity to earn extra points through community engagement! Since players earn two points by leaving comments on 2021 player profiles, you can quickly gain traction even if you missed the first support. In fact, you still have a chance to win the grand prize.