Back in January HQ Trivia launched in the UK after shooting to fame in the US last year. A few weeks ago I came across it with a few of my friends and decided to give it ago. After all, there's no harm in giving 15 minutes of your time to try and win a big cash prize!
The idea for HQ Trivia came from the co-founders of the now-defunct Vine app and is a live trivia app that you play for real money. Each game goes live at 3 pm and 9 pm on weekdays and 9 pm on weekends, presented in the UK by Sharon Carpenter with the occasional celebrity presenter taking her place.
How does it work?
The app live-streams 15-minute quiz shows every day of the week to millions of viewers, with a large pot of money available to split between winners. The presenter reads out 12 trivia-based questions in which you have 10 seconds to correctly answer each one by tapping one of 3 answers a,b or c. HQ's creators suggest that the 10 second time limit keeps the questions from being Google'able, which to many players annoyance appears to be true. As you progress through the questions they get progressively harder with more and more player slowly dropping out. If you successfully answer all 12 questions you receive a share of the prize money.
The app gives you a referral code which gives you the referrer an extra life every time someone uses your code. You can use your extra life to get a second chance at a game.
How much money can I win?
A typical jackpot ranges from £1,000 to £10,000+, however, this varies from day to day with the biggest pot of £214,000 being split between 83 players when Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson presented as a guest in the US. As the virality of the app has grown the actual share of the jackpot a winner would receive is typically a £1 or so on average but that can depend on how beastly the questions get. The biggest amount won in the UK so far has been £8,000.
Cashing out is now as easy as pie since they removed the £20 minimum. All you need is a Paypal account so you can collect your winnings whenever you want.
For starter's, it's free to play and the app is a completely ad-free environment which is totally awesome given you could potentially earn some big cash. The 10 second time limit, is enough to create a sense of urgency, eliminating cheating. This means it is a fully level playing field. The live-stream component means anything can happen, which is more thrilling than a typical television game show where everything is pre-recorded. This also adds a key Fear of Missing Out element, drawing such crowds to the app every day even if they were unsuccessful every day prior to then. To be honest who doesn't love brushing up on their general knowledge for a few minutes every day. It certainly means you'll be well and truly prepared for that next pub quiz you attend!
The storming success of the app across the US and the UK has led to a pretty enormous cult following. However, the app is increasingly becoming a victim of its own success as the app is beginning to struggle withnever ending broadcasting to such a large volume of players and viewers causing huge glitches and lags throughout the show. This means many players lose the ability to answer within the 10-second window. Again, the enormous amount of viewers the app attracts means that the chat feature is virtually unusable as messages appear only to be engulfed a secondnever-ending torrent of other messages.
I for one am a big fan of HQ because a 15-minute win here and there adds up nicely and makes you feel so chuffed even if you bomb out halfway through. I love the ability to practice my general knowledge skills regardless of winning and losing and the anonymous competitiveness it provides. Despite, the app's interface being so clean and automated, the laginess has a dramatic effect on your attitude towards the game especially when you come to close to winning. I would recommend it as it is highly addictive but great fun and there is no gambling your own money away in the process. You have nothing to lose and all to gain!
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog. Do you already play HQ? If so, how much have you won to date? Do you find the glitches and lags in the game a problem too? Could this be the future of game shows? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Jamie is currently doing his A-Levels but while he is supposed to be doing his homework he writes for The Gaff, the giffgaff weekly newsletter. You can read the latest edition here.