All about points scales

Modified on: 06/04/2024 at 15:26

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If you want to understand everything about score distribution in Scorecast Business, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll explain it all to you through a concrete example of a match.

First of all, you should know that this subject will never be able to get everyone to agree. Agree? :)

But there are solutions so that all those who organize Scorecast Business contests won't be frustrated. Let's start with the basics.

Championship match

For a championship match (i.e. without a penalty shoot-out), the default scale is as follows: 

  • If you find the right winner, you get 1 point.
  • If, in addition to the right winner, you find the right goal difference, you get 1 more point, i.e. 2 points.
  • And finally, if you have the right score as well as the right winner, you get 2 more points, i.e. 3 points.

I'm sure you've got it all figured out!

Cup match

Now let's get down to the serious business of cup matches!

Let's take the Euro 2020 final as an example: it's a knockout match (with no return legs).

Illustration of the Italy-England example match

Let's take a look at my evening with my friends and our predictions:

Illustration of scores for 5 players

Remember the final score? No ? Well, it ended with a fine victory for Italy on penalties. Final score 1-1.

One very important thing to know about Scorecast Business. We only take into account one score for a match. 

What does this mean? 

Well, if the match goes into extra time, we'll only enter the final score after 120 minutes.. 

Let's get back to our sheep!

Scorecast Business offers a choice of 3 point distribution systems:

  • Classic: The system where you take responsibility right to the end. You only score points if you've predicted the winning team. If your favorite team loses on penalties, you lose everything with them!
  • Scorecast: An intermediate system in which the result of a penalty shoot-out earns you a 50% bonus (rounded up to the next point) if you've predicted the right winner. If the other team wins, you haven't lost everything!
  • No penalties: In this system, the result of any penalty shoot-out is not taken into account.

Classic scale

Huh! Don't you get it? Okay, I'll explain. For my tournament, I chose the Classic formula. So here's what happened:

Illustration of how the classic scale works

See the debate? Hulk is very angry. He feels wronged. Zero points even though he has the score of the match! Since we're great buddies and he knows how to make himself understood, I change the points distribution formula.

Scorecast scale

So I go to Administration, then Points, and change Classic to Scorecast. And that's what happens.

Illustration of how the Scorecast scale works

The 50% bonus comes into play for the last three predictions, as the match went to penalties and these three people predicted a draw. Only the last two people got the 50% bonus rounded up because they predicted the right winner. 

See the debate? It's now? Wonder Woman who is angry. Why does this green man ?? have as many points as her when he hasn't found the right winner !!!???? I feel terrible. How am I going to get out of this situation? I can't go back in time and have the Hulk show up at my house.

No penalties scale

So I'll try the No penalties formula.

Illustration of the scale without penalties

Well... it's not much better!

In conclusion, no one will ever be happy because all players are selfish when they can win. But to avoid big problems, you need to inform your players well before the tournament and explain your choice to them.


Summary table of points distributed according to formula:

Assessment of the three scales on the example match

So let me take this opportunity to tell you that, by default, we use the formula that seems to be the most accurate: the Scorecast formula.

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