HQ Smashed Its All-Time Player Record Tonight as iPhone Trivia Show Continues to Surge in Popularity

iPhone trivia game HQ continues to surge in popularity. Tonight, over two-thirds of a million users played along for a chance to win $10,000.


HQ tweeted that over 680,000 users played Sunday evening's game, easily a new all-time record, while the in-game counter showed over 700,000 players were connected at various points of the roughly 15 minute show. That's more than twice as many players as some HQ games drew just last week.


For those of you who are just learning about HQ as you read this article, it is a free-to-play live trivia game show—sort of like Jeopardy—in which players attempt to answer a series of 12 questions correctly to win a cash prize. To reduce cheating, players have less than 10 seconds to answer each question.

The app launched on iPhone in September, with an Android version promised by Christmas Day. HQ attracted an audience in the lower thousands during its earliest days, with prizes starting at around $100, but the game has become an absolute viral sensation and now pulls around 300,000 to 400,000 or more players every game.

As the game's popularity has grown, so have the prizes. 107 winners split a prize of $10,000 on Sunday—that's roughly $93 each—and HQ even gave away $10,000 twice in one night earlier this month. Once players have won at least $20, they can cash out their U.S. dollar winnings via PayPal.

Unfortunately, as it has ballooned in size, HQ has experienced several technical difficulties. The most common issue is lag, but there are sometimes bigger problems. Saturday night's game initially saw no correct answers displayed, for example, resulting in the show being delayed by about 45 minutes.


HQ games take place every day at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and there's an extra game at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on weekdays. The shows are usually hosted by comedian Scott Rogowsky, with occasional guest hosts ranging from electronic music artist Dillon Francis to on-air personality Sharon Carpenter.

While it remains to be seen if HQ will be able to maintain its popularity over the long term, it might be the fastest growing thing that isn't named Bitcoin right now. If you haven't yet joined in the fun, download the app from the App Store now and opt into notifications to be alerted when a new game starts.

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22 weeks ago
This sounds like a new gold rush for developers.

The app launched on iPhone in October, with an Android version promised by Christmas Day



"Ultimately, application vendors are driven by volume, and volume is favoured by the open approach Google is taking, You will want to develop for Android first”
(Eric Schmidt, 2011)

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22 weeks ago
I'm obviously not putting too much thought into this...

How do 300,000 people play one game?

Is everyone answering the same questions at once?

If so... no wonder there's some lag! :P
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22 weeks ago
I’m guessing they’ll make far more in ads once they hook an ongoing audience.
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22 weeks ago
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22 weeks ago
Anyone remember when Xbox 360 had trivia with friends. That use to be lots of fun.
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22 weeks ago

Just another flappy bird. There will be 1000+ clones by the end of the week. I passed on flappy bird, I'll pass on this.


I think this concept might have more legs than flappy bird. I could see a lot of well funded ventures jumping on this and I could even see traditional TV game shows creating a live hosted version of their games.
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22 weeks ago

Just another flappy bird. There will be 1000+ clones by the end of the week. I passed on flappy bird, I'll pass on this.

Reminds me of the attitude I had when Bitcoin first came out, now look at where we are...
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22 weeks ago

And this isn't gambling because luck plays no part in winning, there are no IAP or ads and a list of winners real names are posted in their website?


It’s not gambling because you don’t put your own money at risk.
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22 weeks ago

so how are they planning to make money with this?


Bitcoin mining...
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22 weeks ago

Just swipe right on the chat.

oh awesome! thanks! maybe i'll reinstall it now :)
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