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PTF Goes “Social” Big-Time By Playing CTV’s Afternoon Show


(From left to right: Melissa, Lainey, Tessa, and Cynthia)

When it comes to media, you can’t get more “social” than this.

After a successful three-month test-run with CTV’s national breakfast show “Your Morning,” Play The Future recently moved up the network’s schedule to be integrated to “play” its cross-country afternoon show, “The Social.”

And as debuts go, label Monday, April 16th’s as “auspicious.” Not only did co-host Melissa Grelo deftly and expertly present the PTF concept in an upbeat three-minute shout-out, she did so with an inaugural question based on Olympic skating champion and legend Tessa Virtue…who just so happened to be right by her side, guest-hosting the show (and who modestly understated her own prediction).

You can see the whole segment by clicking here, but suffice to say that this is just the next step in a very ambitious, cross-media, ongoing interactive predictive project that we are cooking up.

Details soon, but until then, check out The Social on CTV daily for the latest in news, pop culture, celebrity guests and lifestyle advice…then play them all on the PTF app as a coast-to-coast competition for unique weekly The Social-branded prizes.

A SURE BET PREDICTION FOR 2018: Play The Future Makes Canadian Mornings a Game with CTV’s Your Morning

What’s in store for 2018?

Nobody knows for sure, but Play The Future is confident enough to make one sure-bet prediction: for the first time ever, people will be able to “play” a national television show.

As of January 8, over a period of three months, CTV’s “Your Morning” national wake-up show will be front-and-centre featured, and played, in the Play The Future mobile app. Canadians from coast-to-coast will be able to make fun predictions based on Your Morning’s guests, features, discussion topics and news stories covered. For example:

Direct Guest Prediction
NYC’s Night Mayor is gonna need coffee!☕ What will Restaurant Brands (parent company of Tim Horton’s) stock close at tomorrow?

Discussion Topic Prediction
Deep freeze!❄️ What temperature will the coldest place in Canada be tomorrow at noon ET?

News Story Prediction
The NBA’s going overseas!✈️ Which team will win the game at the O2 arena in London?

While entertaining and competitive (weekly leaders will be prized with Your Morning-branded merchandise), each prediction will also reveal additional, eye-opening information and extend the show itself into a new pop culture platform on a 24/7 basis.

Play The Future has always been guided by two credos: “Life’s a game” and “If it can be measured, it can be played.” Weaving a competitive prediction engine into the daily fabric of Canada’s national morning show exemplifies both in a most natural, viewer-friendly and player-friendly manner.

Skip to 1:04:00 to see Play The Future’s debut on Your Morning here!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for All!

The holiday you’ve been waiting for all year is finally here : Christmas! Decorations that have been passed down for generations are taken out (yes, even that weird-looking Santa Claus that scared you as a kid), lights are put on the Christmas tree, and Michael Bublé’s voice is crooning carols. All that’s missing is an Ugly Christmas Sweater! 😉

The Ugly Christmas Sweater has become a staple of holiday parties in the past few years, and most aren’t actually ugly at all.

Here’s some that we like :

Get it on Amazon


Get it on Shelfies


Get it on Shelfies


Get it on Amazon for your best friend

Cat Sweaters

Get it on Amazon if you’re a cat-lover

Dog Sweaters

Get it on Amazon for the dog (and meme) lover in your life

Tweet @PTFNow with pics of you wearing your favorite “ugly” Christmas sweater! We want to see!

Des ugly sweaters pour tous

Ça y est, c’est le moment de l’année que vous attendiez tant. Vous ressortez avec un petit frisson les décorations passées de génération en génération (comme le Père Noel laitte sculpté en bois qui fait peur à tout le monde mais que vous avez reçu de vos grands-parents faque pas l’choix de le mettre bien en évidence), vous posez les lumières sur votre abri Tempo, décorez votre sapin en écoutant l’album de Noel de Roch Voisine… pas de doute : c’est le temps de sortir votre chandail de Noel.

Vrai, on l’appelle ugly sweater en anglais, mais soyons honnêtes : il n’est obligé d’être laid pour vrai. Disons plutôt qu’il est un savant équilibre entre couleurs festives et motifs quétaines.

Il y a des ugly sweates pour tous les goûts! En voici quelques-uns qu’on adore.

Les classiques

Pour ceux qui aiment avoir vrai-manchot, sur Amazon


Pour ceux qui ne sont pas des cadeaux, chez Shelfies


Pour ceux qui feelent sapin, chez Shelfies


Pour toutou, sur Amazon

Les chats

Pour ceux qui adorent les chats et la mise en abîme, sur Amazon

Les chiens

Pour ceux qui ont du chien (et l’esprit des Fêtes), sur Amazon

Et vous, avez-vous déjà sorti votre chandail quétaine de Noel? Envoyez-nous une photo sur Facebook!

Faites un tour du chapeau de la prédiction pour le début de la saison de la LNH!

Au hockey, un joueur fait un tour du chapeau quand il marque 3 buts dans un même match. Aujourd’hui, grâce à Play The Future, c’est votre chance de faire un tour du chapeau de la prédiction!

De jeudi à samedi, il y aura 5 nouvelles questions sur la LNH par jour. Jouez chaque jour pour courir la chance de gagner une carte-cadeau de 25 $ pour des articles de sport! Mais attention : vous devez faire vos prédictions avant le début des matchs!

C’est le temps de donner votre 110 %!

Score a Prediction Hat Trick in PTF’s NHL Season Kickoff!

In hockey, a hat trick occurs when a player scores 3 goals in a single game. Well, thanks to Play The Future, you have the chance to score a hat trick in predicting!

From Thursday to Saturday this week there will be 5 new NHL predictions per day. Play for all 3 days for your chance to win a $25 Gift Card for Sports Merch! But be careful: you have to predict before the games start each day!

Time for face-off!

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Why just read about predictions when you can make one…and see how you did when you get the result!

Download Play The Future.

*Subject to contest rules.

Two “Sure Bet” Emmy Predictions


They say that there is no such thing as a “sure bet.” We at Play The Future disagree. Here are two “can’t miss” forecasts for our Second Annual Emmy Awards Prediction Tournament.

1) Game of Thrones will NOT win Best Drama Series
2) You will show up in droves for our Emmy Tournament

Here’s how we know.

1) It isn’t even nominated. Yes, 23 nominations last year and zero this year.That’s what happens when your new season’s premiere takes place AFTER the eligibility deadline.
2) Last year’s Emmy Awards Tournament was one of our best nights ever, setting records for players and predictions made.

Well, that was easy. But the rest gets harder.The tourney features 15 antenna-raising predictions ranging from the basic (“How many Emmys will 22-time nominated Westworld win?”) to the sublime (“How many times will the audience laugh when Kumail Nanjiani is on stage presenting an award?”).

And it’s worth it. The Top 3 Futurists* will win a TV Season Box Set!

PTF’s Emmys Tournament. Start predicting as of Wednesday, Sept. 13 and watch results happen live as we play along with the show Sunday, Sept. 17.

We know you’ll be there!

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Why just read about predictions when you can make one…and see how you did when you get the result!

Download Play The Future.

*Subject to contest rules.

PTF Power Couples! A little friendly competition never hurt ;)


As you may have found out by now, Play The Future is way more fun when you play against your friends and family! Our PTF Power Couples are the perfect example of this. They have made the app a part of their daily lives, and play strategically to stay on top of the leaderboards and maximize their number of prizes! Can you say #relationshipgoals?

But just how do they do it? Well, we asked them!

PTF’s Power Couples:
Jocelyn & Samuel M.
Eryka & Dustin P.
Chanika T. & Shashindra S.
Gina & Ryan B.

Do you play PTF together or separately?

J&S: We typically play PTF together.

E&D: We usually play separately due to our schedules, but we’ll sometimes try to collaborate on tournament questions or specific questions that relate to topics the other is knowledgeable about.

C&S: It depends. If the question has a deadline near midnight, we play them at the same time, but we usually play daytime questions separately. We do play tournaments together, though. At the early stages of the game, sharing hints was very important!

Ryan: Probably 50/50. We each have categories we are good at so we try to use that to our advantage.

Gina: I only trade answers for housework!

Do you compete against each other?

J&S: We generally work on PTF together as a team in the hopes that we will BOTH end up at the top of the leaderboards! That said, we are both competitive players, even with each other… and, we both enjoy coming out on top.

E&D: Absolutely! There’s nothing better than friendly competition. We love comparing our accuracy scores when new results appear.

C&S: Kind of. We used to play against each other a lot when friend points were present, and when we did not have many friends on PTF.

Ryan: We like seeing each other in the top each week but I secretly try to beat her because I know she will rub it in if I don’t.

Gina: I’m in it to win it!

Have you ever argued over a question?

J&S: (laughs) While we don’t like to think we argue about specific questions, we do have times when we disagree about how to answer a question. Samuel has a tendency to calculate answers on spreadsheets and when doing so, rambles numbers at me out loud. I tend to keep it a little simpler and think it out quietly in my head. The number rambling gets to me every now and again. #okayallthetime …but, we still enjoy playing as a couple!

E&D: Not that I can remember, but we do often disagree with predictions the other makes, thinking they’re too far off. To our surprise, those ones are usually the most accurate!

C&S: Not really arguments, but when one of us misread a question and predicts a totally different answer we tease each other about it.

Ryan: Sometimes I think she purposely gives me the wrong answers!

Gina: As long as he remembers that I’m always right, there’s never anything to argue about!

Do you share the prizes?

J&S: We have combined gift card totals to purchase larger items together as a “power couple.” We also intend on going out on a date night using the prizes we won towards dinner. We have given some prizes to each other, and some have been gifted to friends and family.

E&D: We do! If a prize appeals more to one of us, then we let that person keep it. It’s been great having the opportunity to win so many various types of prizes. Dustin was especially excited about winning the Tech Rumours tournament Loot Wear tee. He now has a new Transformers tee he loves showing off!

C&S: Yep. Most of the time.

Ryan: We always share and save any gift cards for date nights.

Gina: Absolutely! I know how much he loves Sephora!

Do you have a cute story to tell us involving PTF?

J&S: Playing PTF together has become a part of our bedtime routine with our family. Every night, after we read bedtime stories to our little 8 month old girl, we play PTF in the nursery together while I nurse our baby Emily to sleep in the rocking chair. I play on my phone, while flipping back and forth between PTF, the internet, and a nursing app, while Samuel plays sitting on the floor with a laptop for research and his tablet to input his answers. We typically do our own research and then compare notes before answering. This must be what makes us a PTF Power Couple. LOL! #imayputthatonmyresume

E&D: I don’t have a cute story to share, but I love how PTF has allowed us to play an exciting game together AND win awesome prizes. It’s always fun to see who will rank higher and predict more accurately!

C&S: Well, I am the one who started playing PTF on my phone, but then I broke my phone and had to install it on my wife’s phone so that I wouldn’t miss any questions! (At that time the prizes were given out monthly and I was winning some of the categories and didn’t want to ruin my chances). Then later she started to play the game on her own.

Ryan & Gina: For the entire first year we played PTF we saved all of our gift cards and then treated ourselves to a completely free shopping day and date night, complete with dinner and a movie!

Well, there you have it! Maybe we should work on a dating app for single Futurists…kidding! 😉 What about you, do you play with your partner or alone? Let us know!

Les imbattables : à la rencontre des supercouples de Play The Future


On le sait, PTF, c’est plus le fun quand on joue entre amis. Ces couples l’ont compris et ont su intégrer le jeu à leur mode de vie, devenant du même coup des supercouples, des couples si puissants qu’ils se retrouvent systématiquement en tête de classement et raflent tous les prix. #relationshipgoals

On est allé les rencontrer pour savoir comment ils font. Les couples qui ont accepté de se prêter au jeu sont Jocelyn et Samuel M., Eryka et Dustin P., Chanika T. et Shashindra S., et Gina et Ryan B.

Parlons stratégie. Pour maximiser ses chances de gagner, on joue ensemble ou séparément?

J+S : Ensemble, en général.

E+D : Habituellement, on joue séparément à cause de nos horaires, et parce qu’on ne peut pas toujours se parler quand de nouvelles questions sortent. On essaie de collaborer dans les tournois ou quand les questions touchent des sujets que l’autre connaît mieux.

C+S : Ça dépend. La plupart du temps, on répond séparément, mais quand les questions expirent près de minuit, on joue en même temps. On joue aussi les tournois ensemble. Quand on a commencé à jouer, on ne savait pas trop où trouver des indices en ligne, alors c’était important pour nous de partager nos indices.

Ryan : C’est 50/50. On essaie de maximiser nos chances en tirant profit de nos forces.

Gina : Je donne des réponses seulement en échange de corvées!

Est-ce que ça crée de la compétition dans le couple?

J+S : On joue en équipe pour essayer d’être tous les deux en tête de classement. Mais on a chacun un caractère compétitif… et on adore gagner!

E+D : Absolument! Il n’y a rien de mieux qu’une compétition amicale. On adore comparer notre degré d’exactitude quand les résultats sortent.

C+S : Un peu. On jouait beaucoup l’un contre l’autre quand les points des amis comptaient et que nous n’avions pas beaucoup d’amis dans le jeu.

Ryan : On aime se voir l’un et l’autre en tête de classement, mais j’essaie secrètement de la battre parce que je sais qu’elle va me casser les oreilles toute la semaine si elle gagne.

Gina : Je suis là pour gagner!

Au point de se chicaner?

J+S : (rires) Disons qu’on ne se chicane pas vraiment, mais on a des désaccords sur la façon de répondre. Samuel calcule les réponses dans des fichiers Excel et murmure plein de chiffres alors que j’essaie de me concentrer. Ça me tombe parfois sur la tomate. #oktoutletemps… Mais on adore quand même jouer en couple.

E+D : Pas de vraie chicane, mais on ne tombe pas toujours d’accord sur les prédictions de l’autre, et on se dit que l’autre est dans le champ. À notre grande surprise, ces prédictions sont souvent les plus exactes!

C+S : On ne se chicane pas vraiment, mais on a le droit de rire de l’autre quand l’un de nous lit mal une question (somme des températures au lieu de différence, par exemple) et donne une réponse complètement à côté.

Ryan
: Des fois, je pense qu’elle fait exprès de me donner les mauvaises réponses!

Gina : Tant qu’il n’oublie pas que j’ai toujours raison, on n’a pas de raison de se chicaner!

Les prix, est-ce que c’est comme une brosse à dents (ça se partage ou pas)?

J+S : On combine nos cartes-cadeaux pour faire de plus gros achats de supercouple. On se fait des soirées de supercouple en tête à tête avec nos cartes resto. On fait aussi des cadeaux à nos amis et à notre famille.

E+D : Ça se partage! Si un prix ressemble plus à l’autre, on lui offre. C’est génial d’avoir pu gagner tant de prix si variés. Dustin était vraiment content que je gagne le t-shirt du tournoi Rumeurs techno. Il a maintenant un nouveau chandail des Transformers et il adore le porter!

C+S : Oui, on partage la plupart du temps.

Ryan : On partage tout le temps et on garde des cartes-cadeaux pour sortir ensemble.

Gina : Bien sûr que je partage! Il adore tellement aller chez Sephora!

PTF se retrouve même au cœur de moments touchants en famille.

J+S : Jouer à PTF ensemble fait maintenant partie de notre routine avant d’aller au lit. Chaque soir, après l’heure du conte pour notre fille de 8 mois, on joue à PTF pendant que j’allaite notre bébé Emily dans la chaise berçante. Je joue sur mon téléphone, alternant entre PTF, Internet et une application d’allaitement; Samuel s’assoit par terre pour jouer avec un ordinateur portable pour faire ses recherches et sa tablette pour noter ses réponses. On fait nos propres recherches, puis on se donne nos réponses avant d’envoyer nos prédictions. Ça doit être ce qui fait de nous un supercouple! Je devrais mettre ça dans mon cv.

Shashindra : J’ai commencé à jouer sur mon téléphone seul pendant un mois ou deux. Puis j’ai brisé mon téléphone et j’ai dû installer PTF sur celui de ma femme pour ne rater aucune question (j’étais en tête de classement, je ne voulais pas ruiner mes chances)! Elle a commencé à jouer aussi et est devenue accro!

G+R : Pendant notre première année en tant que Futuristes, on a accumulé toutes nos cartes-cadeaux, et on s’est offert une journée de magasinage et une soirée en tête à tête au resto et au cinéma complètement gratuites!

Au terme de notre rencontre avec ces supercouples, on songe à développer une application de rencontre pour Futuristes célibataires, juste question de maximiser leurs chances… on jase. Et vous, vous jouez plutôt en supercouple ou en supersolo?

SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS VOL. III: AUGUST’S MUST-SEES!

[July 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET]
WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN AND WE’RE AS EXCITED AS EVER! (CAPS LOCK MEANS EXCITEMENT, RIGHT?)

SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET! THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF EXCITEMENT AT THE BOX OFFICE IN AUGUST! THE TOP PLAYER WILL WIN $25 FOR MOVIE TICKETS, WHILE 2ND-10TH PLACE WILL WIN $10 FOR THE SAME!

DISCUSS WITH OTHER FUTURISTS IN OUR FACEBOOK MESSENGER ROOM HERE!

THAT’S NOT ALL: OUR OWN IN-HOUSE PLAY THE FUTURE EXPERT, VAN DU TRAN, IS BACK FOR MORE! HE SMASHED BOXOFFICE PRO’S PREDICTIONS LAST TIME, AND ONLY TIME WILL TELL IF HE’LL BE ABLE TO DO IT AGAIN!

THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS VOL. III TOURNAMENT. ENDS FRIDAY, JULY 28TH AT 3:59 AM ET.

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Why just read about predictions when you can make one…and see how you did when you get the result!

Download Play The Future.