In ten days, the FIFA World Cup will begin in Qatar. But without waiting for the start of the event, EA Sports had fun simulating the famous sports competition to anticipate the results on FIFA 23. Note that this is the last year that this video game giant uses the FIFA license. You can also read our article on this subject to find out more.
Argentina world champion, Messi top scorer
In the game, Argentina wins the World Cup by beating Brazil in the final. For the Albiceleste, this would be their first title since 1986. Logically, FIFA 23 predicts that Lionel Messi would be the competition’s top scorer with 8 goals in total. The latter would be ahead of Kylian Mbappé and Memphis Depay, both authors of six goals.
And what would France do? The Blues would do relatively well according to EA Sports by reaching the semi-finals of the competition. However, they would lose to Argentina 1-0, before exploding Portugal 4-2 in the final for third place.
Of course, there is no indication that these results will actually hold true in the field. However, the studio had correctly predicted France’s victory at the 2018 World Cup. The same goes for the winners of the two previous editions: Spain in 2010 and Germany in 2014.
When AI struggles to make good predictions
Not everyone does so well in predictions. During Euro 2021, we were talking to you about this AI which tried to quantify the chances of each team to win the tournament.
Its developer then explained the operating mode of its system: “ Each match was subjected to Stats Perform’s Euro prediction model to calculate the estimated probability of the outcome (win, draw or loss). This model uses betting market odds and team rankings, which are based on historical and recent performance. »
Unfortunately, it’s not an exact science, and that’s the beauty of the sport. The AI was indeed betting a lot on France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, or even Portugal, while we found England and Italy in the final.
At the time, a sports data specialist also used his AI to predict the results of this Euro. The verdict was again rather inconclusive, since the algorithm relied heavily on the Czech Republic.