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PTF’s Simple New Scoring System: Pure Precision = Points

In the category of listening to you, we just scored 100% accuracy.

Based on overwhelming player demand, the PTF team is happy to announce that as of July 3, 2017, we are re-adjusting our point scoring system, focusing exclusively on accuracy.

The way things used to be: points were awarded on an algorithmic mix of participation, accuracy and bonus points, 10 for every friend you challenged and beat.

The way things are now: put simply…Precision = Points.

Yes, friends are important, but now at PTF, accuracy rules. Nothing wrong with friendly competition; virtually every game is more fun when played with others, and that shouldn’t stop. But because so many of you take the fun of PTF so seriously, we’ve gone deep into our system and re-jigged the way we reward you.

Sounds complicated, but it’s not.

To be more specific, on numeric entry predictions, accuracy points are calculated on this sliding scale:

  • 100% = 1000 pts
  • 90% = 900 pts
  • 50% = 500 pts
  • 10% = 100 pts
  • 0% = 0 pts
  • Using this scale, a 99.4% accuracy score will get you 994 points, a 67.3% score will earn you 673 points, an 18.1% score will result in 181 points…and so on.

    On multiple choice predictions, we spread out point rewards depending on number of choices available. A correct answer always gets you 1000 points, but “runner up” points are rewarded proportionately to your result among the choices. For example:

  • 2 choices: 0 and 1000 pts
  • 3 choices: 0, 500 and 1000 pts
  • 4 choices: 0, 333, 667, and 1000 pts
  • 5 choices: 0, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 pts
  • 6 choices: 0, 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000 pts
  • 7 choices: 0, 167, 333, 500, 667, 833, 1000 pts
  • 8 choices: 0, 143, 286, 429, 571, 714, 857, 1000 pts
  • Clear? 100 bonus points to everyone who understands.

    Seriously, we appreciate your dedication and passion for playing the future, and we hope that this player-led adjustment results in a much-increased satisfaction score, and that by introducing it, we just scored big points with you.

    SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS VOL. II IS HERE!

    [FINAL]
    Shoutout to tournament winner Matthew K., who ended with an accuracy rating of 94.4% on his predictions! He managed to best our resident Box Office Expert Van Du Tran, who had a very respectable 88.7%. Check out the tournament leaderboard to find your own accuracy score (and let us know how you did in the comments below)!

    Wanna get in on the fun? Head to the PTF app: our Summer Blockbusters Tournament Vol. III is live now!

    [June 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET]
    PTF Box Office Expert Van Du Tran has finally submitted his predictions! Looks like he’s expecting a less-than-stellar return on Baby Driver, and strong openings from “War for the Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming Transformers sequel! What do you think?

    [June 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET]
    PTF Box Office Expert Van Du Tran has finally submitted his predictions! Looks like he’s expecting a less-than-stellar return on Baby Driver, and strong openings from “War for the Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming Transformers sequel! What do you think?

    Discuss with other Futurists in our Facebook Messenger Room HERE!

    Download Play The Future.

    [June 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
    THAT’S RIGHT! THE SECOND EDITION OF OUR SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT IS HERE AND WE’RE STILL SO EXCITED, THAT WE HAVE TO SHOUT IT IN ALL CAPS!

    THIS TIME AROUND, WE’RE ASKING ABOUT THE MOVIES COMING OUT IN THE REST OF JUNE, AS WELL AS THE MAJORITY OF JULY! THERE’S PLENTY OF SILVER SCREEN ACTION! THE TOP PLAYER WILL WIN $50 FOR MOVIE TICKETS, AND FUTURISTS WHO PLACE IN 2ND-10TH PLACE WILL WIN $25 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. II TOURNAMENT. ENDS SUNDAY, JUNE 18.

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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.

    Predict The Tony Awards!

    [June 12th, 2017 at 14:00 PM ET]
    Aaaaand there you have it! The final results from the tournament are in, and it looks like it was an overall 8-8 tie between our Futurists and expert Ben Zauzmer in regards to prediction accuracy. However, Futurists had the slight edge in regards to predicting award winners, accurately predicting 6 to Ben’s 5! 😉

    You can find a full recap of the night’s events here.

    Ciao for now, and stay tuned for the next PTF Tourney!

    [June 11th, 2017 at 20:30 PM ET]
    The final results are in, and the big show is underway! With one result already up (Kevin Spacey’s opening number lasted a whopping 11:09!) it’s shaping up to be an exciting night for all!

    Join our Facebook Messenger Room to discuss the results with other Futurists as they come in, here. 🙂

    [June 8th, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET]
    Help is here: Ben Zauzmer has made his predictions!

    If you’d like to learn more about his method of predicting, PTF will be chatting with him LIVE at 12:30 ET today! You’ll be able to find the video on our Facebook page and Twitter.

    See you then! 😉

    [June 7th, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]

    The Tony Awards recognize excellence in Broadway theater, and they will be televised LIVE this Sunday! As for us, we celebrate excellence in predicting, which is why we’ve made the Tony Awards a tournament!

    It’s showtime! Predict the glitz, glam, and high-kicking musical numbers for a chance at winning a gift card for theater tickets! The Top Futurist will win a $50 gift card, and #2-10 will each win a $25 gift card.

    If you’re a little unsure about what to predict, don’t worry! There’s two ways you can get help:

    1) Join our Facebook Messenger Room to chat with other Futurists about your predictions. We’ll be live-chatting all throughout the ceremony on Sunday night! 🙂 Join here.

    2) Ben Zauzmer is back to predict! Ben is a Harvard grad who uses his math skills to make predictions. He joined us for our Oscars Tournament in May, and now he’s back to use his prediction model on the Tonys! Watch this space for his picks…they’re coming soon!

    And as always, break a leg out 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.

    The Stanley Cup Final

    [Final Update]
    It’s all over! The Penguins have won the cup for a second time in a row! All the results are in the table above, and it looks like PTF Futurists gave Allan Kreda a run for his money!

    Here’s some quick stats:

    Congrats and thanks to everyone who predicted!

    [May 29 at 9:30 AM ET]
    The rest of Allan’s predictions are in! Reminder: You only have until 8pm ET tonight to predict all 12 questions for a chance to win a $50 Team Merch Gift Card! Time to pass, skate…and PREDICT!

    [May 28 at 10:00 AM ET]
    Our expert, Allan Kreda, has made his first picks! Like our own PTF Players, he’s putting his confidence in the Predators!

    What do you think? Tell us in our Facebook Messenger Room. 🙂 Click here.

    [May 26 at 1:30 PM ET]
    The time has finally come! Hockey fans have been waiting all year for the Stanley Cup Final! This year, the reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins, will be duking it out with newcomers, the Nashville Predators! This is the first time the Predators have EVER made it to the Stanley Cup Final! It’s sure to be an exciting series!

    The best part is, you can win too by predicting in our Stanley Cup Final Tournament! The prizes may not be a big shiny cup, but they’re still pretty awesome: The Top Futurist will win a $50 Gift Card for Team Merch, while the #2-#10 Futurists will win a $20 Gift Card for Team Merch. We’re making it easy for you to get ready for next year’s hockey season! 😉

    On top of all of that, you’ll be competing against New York Times Hockey Writer, Allan Kreda. Allan has covered the NHL for over two decades for the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, and since 2013, the New York Times. Though his primary focus is currently the Rangers and the Islanders, he is always eager to visit any venue beyond New York to research great hockey stories!

    If you want to discuss your predictions before making them, make sure to join our Facebook Messenger Room and chat with other Futurists!

    Good luck, everyone!

    The TV Tourney with Showbuzz Daily!

    [FINAL]
    The TV Tourney is over, and one player rose above the rest: David O. He played all 10 questions and got 6 out of 10 of them 100% CORRECT! Whoa! He gave Showbuzz Daily a run for their money.

    Are you happy with the upcoming fall TV lineup? We’re excited.

    Stay tuned for the next tournament! See you in the future. 😉

    [May 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
    The expert predictions are in! Many of our Futurists agree with Showbuzz Daily about the number of new shows being picked up, the number of returning shows, and the number of comedies and dramas…but the similarities end there! Make your predictions before Saturday night, and see how you stack up! 😉 Good luck!

    [May 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]

    Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem of Showbuzz Daily are back for another battle of prediction! From now until Saturday night, take them on by predicting this fall’s TV lineup. Don’t worry though, you won’t have to wait THAT long for results!

    Next week, in what is known as the “Upfronts” in showbiz, all the major broadcasters will be releasing their fall 2017 schedules! Will your favorite show stay on the same night? How many brand spankin’ new shows will get picked up? We’ll find out next week!

    But before that…predict! The Top Futurist will win a $50 gift card for TV Streaming, while #2-10 will win $20 for the same!

    Lastly, for the first time ever, you can now discuss your predictions with fellow Futurists in our Facebook Messenger Room! Check it out here.

    TV, Movies, Men, Women…all wrapped up together. Play PTF’s MTV Movie and TV Awards Tourney!

    [May 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET]
    That’s a wrap folks! As is tradition with the MTV Awards, it ended up being a crazy evening filled with LOTS of upsets! Highlights included:

    Emma Watson winning the first ever gender-neutral Best Actor in a Movie award.
    – Underdog Trevor Noah winning the Best Host award over Ellen Degeneres.
    Jack and Randall unexpectedly taking the Best Tearjerker award from a dying Hodor.

    For a more detailed recap of the award ceremony’s highs and lows, click here. Also, stay tuned for our upcoming TV Tourney with Showbuzz Daily! In any case, we’ll see you soon 🙂

    Love,

    The PTF Content Team

    [May 7, 2017 at 21:00 PM ET]
    Aaaaaaand we’re officially underway! With a couple of award-winners already announced, and several more to come, it looks like we’ve got an exciting night ahead of us! How have your predictions been so far? Accurate? We hope so!

    [May 4, 2017 at 2 PM ET]
    May the 4th be with you as you predict the upcoming MTV Movie & TV Awards! Or maybe you just need a little help from the experts! Both Jodi and Marc have weighed in. Which expert do you agree with? Neither? Both? Stay tuned for another update to see where the PTF Median goes!

    [May 3, 2017 at 10 AM ET]
    Cultural icon MTV just got even more icon-er.

    For the 2017 edition of its renowned, “not your parents award show” MTV Movie Awards, the groundbreaking network breaks ground again by combining Movies and TV together, as well as women and men together in a slew of gender-neutral categories.

    To commemorate this–and to feed our players’ incessant hunger for all things entertainment-related–PTF presents the MTV Movie and TV Awards Tournament–15 pop culture questions that will pop your brains as you try to pick winners amongst some of the greatest talents across showbiz today.

    And you won’t be alone; you’ll be playing against two showbiz execs, deeply experienced beyond their young years, namely:


    Entertainment Expert and Producer Jodi Lieberman
    The former VH1 and Just For Laughs talent exec and co-founder of Comedy Gives Back now runs JLC Entertainment Group, a company that manages, develops, and produces with clients across all platforms, including TV, film and digital.


    Talent Manager and Producer Marc Hamou
    Now partner at Thruline Entertainment in L.A., Marc has a fine-tuned eye for talent honed over two decades of experience discovering and developing performers from the ground up. Current clients include Jay Baruchel (GOON), Emily VanCamp (Captain America) and Marc-Andre Grondin (CRAZY).

    And you won’t be playing for nothing, either. Top point-getter takes home a $50 online shopping card, while the next nine each win a $20 card…ostensibly to buy movies and TV shows 😉

    PTF’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT SO BIG, WE’RE SHOUTING IT OUT IN ALL CAPS!

    [FINAL]

    Our own PTF Expert Van Du Tran beat BoxOffice Pro at its own game! He beat them in 4 predictions and tied with them in 3! Meanwhile, BoxOffice Pro was only right in 3 out of 10 predictions. We credit Van’s win to his practice in predicting. 😉 All those hours spent developing and playing PTF count for something!

    Check the All-Time Summer Blockbusters leaderboard now to see how YOU did! Thanks for playing!

    [May 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET]
    It’s your LAST CHANCE to predict this month’s Summer Blockbusters! So grab some popcorn, munch, and ruminate! If you need a little direction, our resident box office expert, Van Du Tran, has made his predictions! Will you use his numbers as a guideline, or do you agree more with BoxOffice Pro? Maybe somewhere in-between?

    Either way, today’s your last day to predict for a chance at a Movie Gift Card! Get to it!

    [April 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM ET]
    WE’VE HAD TOURNAMENTS BEFORE, BUT NEVER ONE THIS MASSIVE! PTF’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT FOCUSES ON THOSE BIG-BUDGET, HIGH-CONCEPT, MEGA-STAR MOVIES THAT DON’T JUST DEFINE A SEASON…BUT OFTEN, DEFINE AN ERA!

    TEN PROBING QUESTIONS THAT COMBINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF HUGE BOX OFFICE GROSSES WITH LARGER-THAN-LIFE ICONS LIKE ALIENS, GALAXY GUARDIANS, WIMPY KIDS, CARIBBEAN PIRATES, BAYWATCHERS AND WONDER WOMEN.

    TO TURN UP THE HEAT EVEN HOTTER, YOU’LL BE PLAYING AGAINST AN OBSESSIVE BOX OFFICE EXPERT, PTF’S OWN VAN DU TRAN…A MAN SO FILM FANATICAL HE WON’T WATCH TRAILERS BECAUSE HE WANTS TO EXPERIENCE EVERY ONE OF HIS MOVIES PURE, FREE OF ANY PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS.

    TOP PLAYER WINS $50 FOR MOVIE TICKETS, WHILE THE NEXT NINE TAKE HOME $20 FOR MOVIE MONEY.

    PTF’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT. ENDS TUESDAY, MAY 2…FOR NOW. BECAUSE LIKE ALL GREAT SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS, THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL LATER THIS YEAR!

    Who Will Rank #1 When PTF’s NFL Draft Tournament Ends?


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    [FINAL]
    The NFL Draft is officially over! The football stars of tomorrow have all been picked!

    In the end, it was Geoffrey D. that came out on top! He predicted his way past even the experts to win the tournament! Jonathan Adams from Heavy.com put up a good fight, and came in second in accuracy, but Geoffrey beat him by a slim margin. What are your secrets, Geoff?!

    All of that being said, there were 3 surprising results!


    1) Though Geoffrey and Jonathan predicted correctly that the position of this year’s Mr. Irrelevant would be “Other,” only 4.9% of all Futurists were right along with them! Most Futurists (57.3% of them) thought that he’d be a Running Back! That would have been the right answer…had the draft ended at the second-to-last pick!

    2) Only 1 Futurist predicted 0 for the 40-yard dash time! Were they just lucky? The 5th pick of round 4 was Eddie Jackson, but since he was recovering from a broken leg, he didn’t run the 40-yard dash during the Scouting Combine!

    3) This year’s NFL draft set a record for most defensive backs ever picked. Just over 20 percent of all drafted players were in defensive positions! To be fair, most people thought the number of defensive players picked would be high, but not quite THAT high!

    Thanks to everyone who played the tournament, see you in the Future! 😉

    [April 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET]
    Here’s the updated PTF Player predictions! It looks like our Futurists are taking the experts’ advice!

    [April 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET]
    It’s the moment you have been waiting for: the expert predictions ARE IN! If you’re clueless about football, their expert insights should help. Be warned though, most of them disagree with each other. 😉 Who’s predictions will you base yours off of?

    We also have some more help for you if you’re creating fantasy draft picks! Gary McKenzie, M.C.S. in Sports Data Science, has shared his first 10 draft picks with us.

    Gary’s Picks:
    1) Browns – Myles Garrett
    2) 49ers – Solomon Thomas
    3) Bears – Marshon Lattimore
    4) Jaguars – OJ Howard
    5) Titans – Reuben Foster
    6) Jets – Mitch Trubisky
    7) Chargers – Jamal Adams
    8) Panthers – Leonard Fournette
    9) Bengals – Derek Barnett
    10) Bills – Corey Davis

    Agree/disagree? Let us know!

    [April 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
    Welcome to “Forecast the NFL Draft,” Play The Future’s tournament about top picks and rankings that will result in top pickers and rankings.

    Ten future-oriented questions about the future orientation of the NFL, everything from how many trades in the first round to the position played by the draft’s unenviable Mr. Irrelevant. Our #1 finisher gets a $50 Sports Gift Card, with #2-10 getting $25. #11 gets a “better luck next time” 😉

    You don’t have to be a football fan to “Forecast the NFL Draft,” but it sure helps, as we’ve assembled five experts guaranteed to strike fear into the smartest and swiftest player lining up against them. In addition to PTF players everywhere, you’re also taking on:

    Jonathan Adams, Heavy.com’s sports heavyweight, a graduate of UCF with a masters in Sports Business Management and a long career in multiple positions throughout the sports world.

    Mike Fanning, sports analytics specialist and adjunct lecturer in Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management graduate program, his alma mater where he–of course–played football.

    Gary McKenzie, who earned a master’s degree in computer science with his thesis “Data Analytics in Sports: Improving the Accuracy of NFL Draft Selection Using Supervised Learning.” Yikes!

    Aaron Schatz, Compared to baseball analytics pioneer Bill James by the New York Times Magazine, he’s the creator of Football Outsiders and most of its advanced metrics for analyzing the NFL. Also a contributing writer to ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.

    Michael Band, the Director of Analytics for RosterWatch.com, and a former NFL Scout with the Minnesota Vikings from 2011-2012.

    Forecast the NFL Draft. Now until April 26th. Only on Play The Future…and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    The Movie Event: #F8 with Showbuzz Daily

    [FINAL UPDATE]
    The Fate of the Furious got Futurists revved up! The movie broke Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ global box office record and became the biggest opening weekend worldwide. That wasn’t reflected in the domestic numbers, however, as it fell just short of $100M in the US and Canada. Showbuzz Daily predicted that it would make at least $130M domestically, and many of our Futurists agreed with them!

    Futurist Paul G. subverted the norm and predicted $98,756,705 – that’s only $30,297 off from the actual result! He had the most accurate prediction BY FAR! When asked about his methodology, here’s what he had to say:
    “My prediction was fairly simple. I looked at the hint provided for free, thought people loved this movie franchise, and made a guess. My first two numbers I thought that it would be probably not $100M but up there. The last 6….well random. I’ll keep playing the future. Fun to be #1!”

    Conversely, Showbuzz Daily made their prediction based on a variety of factors including industry insider forecasts and past performance of similar movies, with each factor weighted by past reliability. Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem really have the box office down to a science, but sometimes the future really can be unpredictable!

    Congrats to all our winners and we’ll you in the Future for our next Tournament! It might be sooner than you think! 😉

    [April 14, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET]
    Today’s the last day to get your predictions in! The initial wave of movie reviews are out and while critics aren’t too impressed, audiences seem to like it! How do you think that’ll impact box office revenue?

    [April 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET]
    Our Futurists have begun to diverge from the experts as predictions continue to pour in! Wonder who’ll be on the right side of history?

    [April 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET]
    The first PTF predictions are in! It looks like our players agree with the experts so far! 😉

    [April 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET]
    It’s Fast, and trust us, it’ll get Furious.

    The Movie Event: F8 with Showbuzz Daily.

    It’s Play The Future’s latest prediction tournament, but this time with a nitro boost of expert competition, as players take on the tenacious tandem of Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem of Showbuzz Daily.

    From April 11-14, make 10 predictions about The Fate of The Furious, the 8th installment of Universal’s biggest film franchise, and you can win movie gift cards.

    Questions run the gamut of box office totals, comparisons, audience ratings, critical reaction, and even Dominic Torreto’s Dodge Charger.

    You predict the answers…and find out YOUR Fate!

    Cha-Ching! Tournament

    [April 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET]
    IT’S ALL OVER! The results have been tallied, counted and scored. Thanks to everyone who took the time to crunch the numbers in the hopes of earning a check!

    Our Tax Expert, Leon Krantzberg was bested by PTF player, Andrew R. We don’t know how Andrew did it, but he managed to get 3 out of the 10 questions 100% spot-on! Whoa, talk about predictive brain power! Hey Andrew, if you’re reading this, let us in on your secret, will you? 😉

    If you didn’t manage to make it into the Top 10 for this tournament, don’t worry, because there’s another one in the app RIGHT NOW. We’ve partnered with Showbuzz Daily to bring you 10 predictions about the Fate of the Furious’ opening weekend. Predict accurately and you could win $$$ for movie tickets! Woo!

    [April 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET]
    The first results are in and there’s still many to go! One thing’s for sure though, the PTF Community beat the expert for the udemy question! Sorry, Leon!

    [April 9, 2017 at 11:30 AM ET]
    It’s the FINAL DAY to get your predictions in! All the results will be rolling in tomorrow. Good luck! 😉

    [April 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET]
    Here are the updated PTF Community predictions! Will we give Leon a…run for his money? 😉

    [April 5, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET]
    Cha-ching, cha-ching! People love that money sound so much that we’ve named this tournament after it! The winners will hear it when they’re cashing in their checks. 😉

    The Cha-Ching Tournament serves as a reminder that the deadlines for both Canadian and US taxes are this month (so get ’em done!), but because it’s such a chore, we want you to have a little fun too…by predicting! The #1 Futurist will win a $50 check, while 2nd-10th place will win 20 bucks each!

    You’ll be playing against an expert: Leon Krantzberg, Certified Tax Accountant.

    A professional and savvy strategist, Leon has over 30 years of experience! He’s a trusted advisor to an extensive clientele list of medium-sized companies operating in the manufacturing, distribution, real estate, high-tech, garment, internet and investment fund sectors. He also provides full service tax and financial advice to high net-worth individuals.

    With such an extensive resume, you’re gonna have to crunch some numbers in order to beat him!