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Don’t Just Play The Future… Play UFT15–The Ultimate Future Tournament On Tuesday, March 15

So what do you do when you want to call attention to your rapidly-growing, buzz-inducing prediction app?

You get inspired by the world of sports, you get further inspired by the friendly competition and trash-talk you see in said app, and you come up with a decisive championship tournament.

But what’s great about the result of this inspiration–Play The Future’s Ultimate Future Tournament (UFT15 for short) on Tuesday, March 15–is that it’s actually two tournaments in one.

On one hand, UFT15 pits 15 people who make their living forecasting today what will happen tomorrow against each other in a one-day, winner-take-all, fortune-telling brawl of blazing brains and crystal balls.  These 15 are all-stars in their fields; from high-powered venture capitalists, pollsters and academics to the less corporate but way more mystic card readers, psychics and astrologists.  And they mean business, because when the day is done, the overall winner takes home a whopping $25,000; $15,000 of which goes directly to the charity of their choice.

On the other hand, UFT15 is also open to the Play The Future player community at large…that’s you guys!  Nothing changes, just play along as usual…although we suspect you may be a little more careful, as the day’s top point-getter on March 15 wins $1,500!

UFT15–one day, 15 questions in 15 hours.  If this goes well, which we believe it will, there will be many more such special events from Play The Future.

Nonetheless, we’re calling this the Soothsaying Smackdown of the Century; one in which you can root for your favorite prediction superstar…AND become one yourself at the same time!

Loads more details on the UFT15 website, this video and this press release.

So, what are YOU doing March 15?  We predict…you’ll be predicting!

The Two Most Popular Questions (By Far!)

Well, it’s been quite the whirlwind debut week here at Play The Future headquarters.

On opening day, we flipped the clock by drinking champagne at 9:00 a.m. and coffee at midnight. After 18 months of planning, seeing how you guys reacted on Day One was inspiring and intoxicating, to say the least.

Over the next 48 hours, we gleefully watched hundreds of players play thousands of predictions, as billions of their brain synapses were stretched in ways they never thought a mobile application could.

And now, as we finish up our first weekend, we are taking some time to reflect on the flood of feedback you’ve given us. While the nature of our business is asking YOU questions, by far, the two most popular you’ve asked US are:

“When is the next batch of questions coming?”
“When are you coming to (insert country name here)?”

Well, here are your answers:

Initially, we were worried about overwhelming you with too many questions at one time, and/or at too many times of the day. So we decided on a thrice-daily drop:

five at 4:00 a.m. to be there when you wake up
three at 11:45 a.m. to munch on at lunchtime
and a nightcap at 9:00 p.m. to give you something to dream about

That’s the simple answer, but the truth is, given your insatiable desire for knowledge (and points!), we have since fast-tracked two items on our roadmap in response, namely:

  • A countdown clock until the next question delivery (similar to the one we have for our Hint Keys)
  • A push notification option that alerts you to new questions (similar to what we have for Challenges and Results)
  • As they say, coming soon to a smartphone near you!

    2) Our first year-goal was to set up a robust marketplace somewhat quietly in Canada, and once rock-solid, roll out into the USA first, and then around the world.

    The plan has stayed the same, but it looks like the timeline has accelerated somewhat. Even after five days, we realize that we’re onto something here. And if we can believe our Tweets, email and YouTube comments, so do people in the USA, and from as far away as Brazil, Australia, Japan and India.

    So the answer is “We’re coming…” Don’t know exactly when, but trust us, faster than anticipated. Until then, the only solace we can offer is the catchphrase from this classic TV commercial of the ‘70s.

    So here we go. We’re firing up the espressos and buttoning up the windbreakers.

    We’ve got a Future to play!

    5 Things You Should Know Before You Play The Future

    Hiya! Welcome all you future Futurists!

    We predict that since you’re on this page, you’ve already downloaded the Play The Future app…and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Seriously, go download it on the App Store or Google Play now!
    Don’t worry, we’ll wait.



    Welcome back.

    You’re about to enter an addictive world of predicting, learning, earning and more predicting. Much more. To get the most out of this world, here are a few pointers:

    1) Get More Info!
    Click “Tell Me More…” to expand the question to get more information, and context, about what is being asked.

    2) Use Hints!
    Hints add accuracy to your predictions. If you’re feeling lucky and particularly psychic, you could read the question and make a prediction right away, but there are two hints available. The first hint is free and will lend some precision power to your prediction, but the second locked hint will add even more! Be careful about using keys to unlock hints; one key will be refilled every 4 hours for a maximum of 3 keys in your bank at any time.

    3) Challenge Your Friends!
    After you’ve made a prediction, challenge your friends to beat it! Not only do you earn more valuable points by challenging them, you also get to brag when you come out on top! Ahhh…bragging! Playing solo so far? Invite friends using Facebook, Twitter, SMS, or Email!

    4) Keep Your Eye on the Leaderboad
    Don’t ever take your eye off the leaderboard! Feel free to filter it Brand-by-Brand, or see how you’re doing overall, or see how you compare to your friends…but keep looking! A high ranking isn’t just for prestige, it’s also for…

    5) Prizes!
    Every month, we’ll have thousands of dollars in prizes from each of our Brand partners! Prizes will be given to the players in positions atop each Brand’s leaderboard, as well as to random players within it. More prizes means way more chances to win!

    Keep these 5 pointers in mind to get the most out of Play The Future and predict the outcomes of tomorrow!

    After all…life’s a game. Play it now!