HQ Trivia

A TV show? A trivia game? A chance to win money? HQ Trivia, the newest creation from the co-founders of popular social media app Vine, is a live trivia game-show with a chance at winning real prizes. Released earlier this year, HQ has gone from a following of a few thousand players to a few hundred thousand players per game.

How does it work? Every day at 2:00 and 8:00pm, you receive a notification: “HQ is live now.” You have to be ready to go right away- you get about one to two minutes before the game actually starts, but if you miss the first question you are out. When you open the app you hear host Scott Rugowski greeting the players and cracking a couple of cheesy jokes. At the bottom of the screen is a free-for-all chat zooming by filled with comments. In the top left corner, the number of viewers climbs. Then the questions begin. The first couple are easy, but they quickly get harder. There are twelve total questions and you must answer all of them to get any money. You have only a couple of seconds to answer each question to prevent you from looking up any answers (trust me, I tried). You then wait in suspense as Scott talks over the question before showing the answers. If you get a question wrong you can stay in the game and watch the rest of the questions and see how much money the winners get. If you get it right, you live to answer another question. If you win, you split the total prize money (anywhere from $1,000 – $10,000, that I’ve seen) with the other winners of that game. Usually there will be quite a few winners so you may only win a couple dollars. I once saw a couple hundred people win and only get $5 each, however I also saw one person take the whole prize of $1500, so you never know. Once you get more than $20 of winnings you can take the money through a paypal account.

Personally, I think this app is a bunch of fun. Sure, I have never won any money while playing HQ, and I am pretty doubtful that I ever will, but it’s fun to imagine and it’s a lot of fun to play with friends. I have a study hall 6th hour so every day my friends and I whip out our phones and try to help each other take home the money while making fun of Scott. Each game takes about 15 minutes and could make you some serious bank, so try it out, let me know what you think (gjkennedy@madison.k12.wi.us)- and if you get the app, make sure to use my referral code (gjgk19) so I can get some extra lives.


– Garrett Kennedy

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