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How Madden Ratings are Made

February 24, 2015
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If you appreciate long-form journalism paired with impeccable web design, you’ll love this article.

This FiveThirtyEight article (I know I know, I should mix up my sources) discusses the backend work behind creating composite scores for athletes in NFL Madden, the popular game series published every year by EA, and the meticulous work they do to simulate players in game. They did, after all, predict the most recent Superbowl right down to the score!

The most interesting aspects of the article covers how they adjust darkhorse players who at the beginning of the season are nameless but become the most talked about player on Sportscenter for the rest of the season (i.e. Odell Beckham Jr.) and the number of traits they have been using to rate each player, as seen below.

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