HQ Trivia Lays Off Staff and Pivots to $9.99/Month Subscription Model for HQ Words

It's been well over a year since HQ Trivia spiked in popularity, but now that interest in the game is dwindling and downloads per month are down 92 percent year-over-year, the company has begun laying off employees.

According to sources speaking to TechCrunch, about 20 percent of staff was let go, amounting to six or seven people. Although the app became immensely popular, HQ Trivia only ever staffed about 35 people, so it will now be down to under 30 employees.


In the wake of its dwindling popularity, HQ Trivia's spin-off game HQ Words is launching a monthly subscription model that will cost $9.99 per month. The Wheel of Fortune-style game will introduce the new model in August, along with bigger prizes and more ways to win, for those who pay the subscription fee.


HQ Trivia is said to have had a rocky first half of 2019, with co-founder and CEO Colin Kroll's death in December 2018 leading into co-founder Rus Yusupov gaining control. Staff apparently disliked Yusupov's leadership, as he allegedly "allowed the product to stagnate and popularity to decline," so many employees got behind a petition to have him removed as CEO.

Yusupov learned of the petition and fired two of its leaders, further sinking morale at the company. The board is reportedly still looking for a new CEO.

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20 weeks ago
Looks like their staff is now down to the nitty gritty.
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20 weeks ago
Another subscription, oh, boy! And $9.99 no less for a iPhone game. Well, can’t say they ain’t bold. Good luck with that.
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20 weeks ago
With average person's attention span getting shorter and shorter by the second, people stop obsessing over viral hits quicker and quicker, eventually abandoning and forgetting about them altogether.
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20 weeks ago
For the children!
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20 weeks ago

Another subscription, oh, boy! And $9.99 no less for a iPhone game. Well, can’t say they ain’t bold. Good luck with that.

I imagine Rogowski's departure has a LOT to do with the decline. That dude was a freaking pro! Super funny and an incredible ad-libber that can BS with the best of them.
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20 weeks ago
Real headline:

Trivia game is about to be gone permanently.
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20 weeks ago
Lol 10$ a month to play a quiz game! Bitch be crazy. I don’t even pay that much for Spotify or Hulu.
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20 weeks ago
Remember when Apple removed the screen from the iPhone? It was really controversial, but then all the Android phones started copying it.
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20 weeks ago
What is the logic behind paying to play a game where you can only win like $0.10 per game at best?
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20 weeks ago
I stopped playing HQ Trivia when Scott left.

I actually won HQ Words one time. My share of the jackpot was a stunning 13 cents.

I think HQ Words is more entertaining but there's no way in hell I'd pay $10 a month to play.
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