HQ Trivia Updated With Full-Screen iPad Support

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Popular mobile game show app HQ Trivia has introduced native support for the iPad this week, after first launching its iOS app last fall only for the iPhone. According to the update, version 1.2.20 brings the app to iPad along with the ability for players to change their usernames in settings.

HQ on iPad is a simple, larger version of the trivia game that supports only portrait orientation and lacks Split View integration, as pointed out by The Verge, which is likely an effort to curb cheating. Prior to this week's update iPad users could play HQ on their tablets, but it was the iPhone version of the app with the option to choose 1X or 2X image upscaling, with black borders surrounding the areas of the screen not used by UI.


Since its launch last year, HQ has grown from around 14,000 contestants in a single show to 1.7 million people participating in a game this past Sunday that included a potential prize of $25,000. No one won that game after a winner was suspected of cheating, and now that amount is rolling over to an upcoming game this Sunday, March 25, resulting in a prize pool of $50,000.

HQ is available to download for free from the iOS App Store [Direct Link], and the game goes live every day at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time and at 3:00 p.m. every weekday.

Tags: HQ, HQ Trivia

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29 months ago

Portrait only iPad apps suck. Why bother making an iPad specific app if it’s portrait only? It was easy enough to use the iPhone version on iPad.

Because the show is broadcast in portrait since it's just one person standing there talking, and we aren't shaped like crab people. Plus who wants to read a list of three choices horizontally? No one makes lists that way.
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29 months ago

How does HQ make money?

They don't, yet. It's all VC-funded for now, but eventually they (or whoever buys them out) will surely intersperse ads in between questions, or maybe even do advertiser-sponsored questions.

They've actually pulled off something pretty amazing, which is to get about 1 million or more people to tune in and devote their undivided attention to a single app.

My quasi-educated guess is, they're keeping it ad-free for now and will let whoever buys it take the plunge into advertising and the risks that comes with.
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29 months ago
Great! I'm definitely downloading the iPad version tonight. Down with the cheaters.
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29 months ago
Still waiting for you, instagram...
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