Find the Loser in game with criteria in Excel

In this article, we will learn how to find the Loser in a game of points with criteria in Excel.

Scenario :

Working with game data, sometimes we need to get points table for each team playing. Points are based on the logic that if team wins it will get plus points and if losses pints are deducted. Let's understand how to get the correct points table using the Excel formula explained below.

How to solve the problem ?

For this article we will be required to use the SUMPRODUCT function. Now we will make a formula out of the mentioned functions. Here we are given a list of points and a list of winners for the set. We need to find the loser. We will calculate the points gained and points lost in the same formula

Generic formula for correct responses:

= win_point * SUMPRODUCT ( ( points ) * ( wins = P1 ) ) - lose_point ( SUMPRODUCT ( ( points ) * ( wins <> P1 ) ) )

win_point : win percentage

lose_point : lose percentage

points : points by player 1

wins : winner of each game

P1 : Player 1


All of these might be confusing to understand. So, let's test this formula via running it on the example shown below.

Game :

The game dataset is shown below. Here each player mentions his target points for each game played. He or She has to reach the target in order to win the match. The points criteria is based on the given values as *3 for the win match and -1 for lost match.

Here the named ranges are used to provide fixed array to the formula. Named ranges used for the array F4:F11. Firstly,  we need to find the points for player 1.

Use the Formula:

= 3 * SUMPRODUCT ( ( B4:B11 ) * ( wins = B3 ) ) - ( SUMPRODUCT ( ( B4:B11 ) * ( wins <> B3 ) ) )


  • SUMPRODUCT matches all the points matching the win array with each player for each match.
  • First formula gets the win points and the second formula gets the lost points.
  • Each formula returns points and SUMPRODUCT gets the SUM.

First player scores 6 points after all the games played. Now to get the score for each player Use Ctrl + R or drag right with already input formula cell.

Here are all the points scored by each player. Use this formula for the larger data and leave the calculation for the formula.

Now we need to find the loser for the game. Loser can be evaluated using the INDEX and MATCH function given below.
Use the formula:

= INDEX ( B3:E3 , MATCH ( MIN ( B13:E13 ) , B13:E13 , 0 ) )

Kramer lost the game and Elane won the game. That's interesting.

Here are some observational notes shown below.


  1. The formula only works with numbers.
  2. The MATCH function takes 0 as an argument to get the exact match from the list.
  3. The SUMPRODUCT function considers non - numeric values ( like text abc ) and error values ( like #NUM! , #NULL! )  as null values.
  4. The SUMPRODUCT function considers logic value TRUE as 1 and False as 0.
  5. The argument array must be of the same length else the function.

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