HQ Trivia App: Everything You Need To Know About The Addictive New Quiz Game

4 December 2017, 12:50 | Updated: 4 December 2017, 14:15

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

The one time having a bunch of random information stored in your brain actually comes in handy.

If you're reading this, I'm 100% positive that you're familiar with the basic premise of trivia game shows. Contestants usually answer some questions and compete for a pot of prize money. Usually, the questions have to do with general knowledge. Sometimes you have to be very knowledgeable in specific areas. The point is, it's a pretty familiar format.

If you're a trivia buff, but you haven't heard of the HQ Live Trivia Game Show, you might want to pay attention. It brings the familiar game show trivia format to your iPhone (sorry, Android users) and lets users compete for actual money.

What is the HQ Live Trivia Game Show app?

Started by Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov, HQ does what most other trivia apps do. However, there's actual money involved and you're competing against a lot of people in pre-determined time slots.

At 3 pm ET and 9 pm ET, the show's host, Scott Rogowsky poses 12 multiple choice questions. Guess correctly in 10 seconds or less and you get to hang around. Guess incorrectly and you're out of the running for that session.

HQ is free to download and prizes have gone as high as $8,000 in a single game. Many have tried to Google the answers to some of the harder questions but, with only 10 seconds to spare, it's not a very good strategy.

Since the app launched in October of this year, its user base has been steadily increasing.

And, people can't seem to get enough of the game.

Part of the draw seems to be the live streaming aspect of HQ. Even after being knocked out of the round, users can stay and watch the game progress. In this way, it is quite similar to a televised game show like Jeopardy.

When the 12 questions have been asked and answered, the prize money is divided evenly among the winning players.

The HQ Trivia Twitter account also gives hints and information about upcoming games.

How do you collect your prize money in the HQ trivia app?

Once you've earned at least $20 in the game you can deposit your winnings into your PayPal account.

If you're wondering how an app can stay afloat while giving away money every day, that part is a little hazy. The creators of HQ trivia app say they are not currently focused on monetization.

According to the app's FAQ section, "the prizes are sponsored by Intermedia Labs, Inc and sometimes affiliates, marketers, and partners."

If you're a super competitive person who loves trivia, there's decent chance that you might get hooked on HQ. Now, whether you can win against all the game's other players is a different matter.