HQ Trivia: Quiz app ends with drunken broadcast after ‘working out of cash’

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It’s 2018 and individuals are gathering round a cellphone to participate in the day’s spherical of HQ Trivia, a real-time quiz app the place gamers can win actual money.

Two years later, and HQ Trivia has gone bankrupt and shut down, its presenters consuming and swearing throughout its final reside broadcast.

The ultimate sport’s prize was simply $5 (£3.83) – and that got here out of the pocket of host Matt Richards.

That prize was cut up by 523 viewers.

It’s a far cry from the app’s heyday, when prizes may reach $300,000 (£214,000) and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was a visitor presenter on the 15-minute present.

HQ Trivia was free to obtain and free to play. A reside presenter would ask 12 a number of alternative questions and anybody who answered all of them accurately would win a part of the sport’s prize fund.

A reside chat ran through the sport, and presenters learn out messages from gamers through the reside day by day broadcasts.

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Image caption HQ Trivia had, at its peak, greater than 2 million gamers

It’s estimated that in February 2018, there might be 2.Three million individuals taking part in HQ Trivia on the identical time.

During its lifespan gave away $6 million (£4.6 million) in money prizes.

But on Friday 14 February 2020, HQ Trivia shut down, making its 25 workers redundant after working out of cash.

Investors had pulled their money out of the app and a plan for a brand new purchaser to rescue the corporate fell via on the final minute.

What occurred in HQ Trivia’s ultimate present?

Presenters Matt Richards and Anna Roisman have been drunk through the ultimate broadcast, and did not maintain again their emotions on the app closing down.

“Why are we shutting down? I don’t know. Ask our investors. What am I going to do with my fish tank? I think our investors ran out of money,” mentioned Matt through the present.

“Someone hire me! I’m talented,” mentioned Anna.

Matt mentioned he’d been given two pictures of tequila and the pair opened an enormous bottle of champagne which he mentioned was being saved for when the app reached Three million gamers.

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Image caption Sharon Carpenter was one of many presenters on HQ Trivia when it was at its hottest

In 2018 it is then-host Sharon Carpenter advised Radio 1 Newsbeat she believed HQ Trivia and its format was “the future of television – it’s the future of broadcasting”.

“It’s the same reason people love live TV, but this you can take wherever you are,” she mentioned.

“You never know how the game is going to end up – and I think because of that there is this element of the fear of missing out.”

‘We wished to interrupt the mould’

The app was based by Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupvo – the individuals who additionally based the now-defunct video sharing app Vine.

“We’ve never stopped experimenting with video technology,” Rus advised Newsbeat in 2018.

“With HQ we wished to mix and get away of those moulds of conventional tv.

“We thought if you could up the levels of production and broadcast directly to people’s phones – and make that content more interactive and more social – that we could actually turn this into something we could use daily.”

Colin Kroll was discovered useless in his residence in December 2018.

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