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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 Words Everyday. Coming next month.🗓 Play HQ Words every day.💰 Bigger prizes.🕹 More ways to win.🔥 $9.99/mo. subscription. RT and reply with your username for a chance to win a free year. #wordseveryday— HQ Words (@hqwords) June 26, 2019 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

HQ Trivia Introducing New 'Wheel of Fortune'-Style Game in October Called 'HQ Words'

One year after launching the successful live game show app HQ Trivia, Intermedia Labs is planning a new game called HQ Words. Instead of a basic series of trivia questions and multiple choice answers, HQ Words has a hidden phrase presented in a series of letter blocks that look like the puzzles from "Wheel of Fortune" (via Digiday). Players will be presented with a clue for each puzzle, and below the empty tiles are letters that they can select to complete it. You'll get three strikes, and will be awarded for each correct letter you choose. HQ Words will be live, just like HQ Trivia, so every player will be solving the same puzzle at the same time, and those with the most points win the jackpot. The new puzzle type in HQ Words CEO Colin Kroll discussed the company's readiness to move beyond trivia: “We’re trying to diversify a bit, and that’s where my skill-set comes in handy. My favorite part of working here is your imagination runs wild when you look at what we’re doing and you apply that to any idea. The sky is the limit, but the challenge is how do we build them,” Kroll said. The company is hoping that it can avoid some of the problems that have been prevalent in HQ Trivia over the past year, namely including numerous glitches, technical challenges, and cheating. Sponsorships in HQ Words have not yet been mentioned, but given the frequency of sponsors in HQ Trivia, users can likely expect the same for the new game. A specific launch date for HQ Words was not confirmed, but you should see it appear on the iOS App Store in

HQ Trivia's Scott Rogowsky: 'There Are Other Games in the Pipeline'

This past Sunday, August 26, marked the one-year anniversary of HQ Trivia's launch on the App Store for iPhone. HQ host Scott Rogowsky appeared on Yahoo Finance's "Midday Movers" show on Friday to discuss the future of the game, revealing that parent company Intermedia Labs has plans to expand the live, interactive concept to other games. The plans go beyond HQ Sports, hosted in the main HQ app twice a week, and the separate UK edition of the game:We already have a sports vertical. HQ Sports goes live Tuesday and Friday nights at 10 o’clock. We have a UK edition. HQ UK. They have a whole team out there in London, working on building it nationally. There are other games in the pipeline. I can’t announce them, but I do know that we’re close to launching things… this is just the first brick in the wall of potentially a whole network of live mobile gaming that I think is really the full potential here.Intermedia Labs will hope to replicate the success of HQ, which surged in popularity in its early months, going from just tens of players to over 2.4 million when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson guest hosted the show in April. HQ brought on its first corporate sponsors and advertisers in March. To celebrate Nike's Air Max Day, for example, there was a surprise 15-question game with a shared $100,000 prize. Two days later, there was a special $250,000 prize, sponsored by the Steven Spielberg film "Ready Player One." Expanding into other games could also offset declining interest in HQ. The game has often seen fewer players as of late versus its peak in early 2018, as

HQ Trivia Expands to Apple TV

Popular iPhone trivia game HQ Trivia has expanded to the Apple TV as of today, the company announced on Twitter. The new Apple TV version of the app allows Apple TV owners to play the twice-daily trivia game on the big screen, which is ideal for playing in a group. Games take place at 3:00 p.m. ET and 9:00 p.m. ET. With HQ Trivia, each game has a prize pot that is distributed to all participating winners. Games take place twice daily and include an assortment of trivia questions. Participants have just seconds to answer when a question is asked, cutting down on the potential for cheating. On the Apple TV, players can use the Apple TV remote to choose and submit their answers. As TechCrunch points out, the new HQ Trivia Apple TV app comes as interest in the game is waning. Based on App Annie rankings, HQ Trivia on iOS has dropped from the #1 trivia game in the U.S. to the #10 game, and it's fallen from the #44 overall game to #196 over the course of the past few months. Introducing an Apple TV app has the potential to increase the app's popularity once again, giving it a way to stand out from other trivia app clones that have popped up. HQ Trivia can be downloaded from the App Store on the Apple TV starting today. It's also available from the iOS App Store. [Direct Link]

HQ Trivia Tests New 'Friends on HQ' Social Feature in the UK

Popular iPhone trivia app HQ Trivia is testing a new social feature in the UK, which allows its users to locate and add their real life friends in the HQ app, reports TechCrunch. When you add your friends to the HQ app using the new feature, you can keep track of their progress and see who else is playing in any given game. Adding social features is the next major step for HQ Trivia, which now has a player base in the millions. If you're unfamiliar with HQ Trivia, it's an iPhone and iPad app that hosts multiple daily trivia sessions where players can win real money by correcting answering all of the questions. Each game features a set prize pool, and the prize pool is divided among all of the winners. In the U.S., games take place at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time each day, with a second game available at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time on weekdays. Other special games are also often added to the lineup. HQ Trivia launched last year and has seen strong user growth since then. The company recently started offering sponsored prizes provided by corporate sponsors that include Nike and Warner Bros. HQ just this morning announced an upcoming guest host episode that will star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and will offer a $300,000 prize pool. This Wednesday afternoon, Dwayne Johnson (@therock) guest hosts HQ for our largest prize ever - $300,000. Keep your phone close 📱 pic.twitter.com/unfVaUX05b— HQ Trivia (@hqtrivia) April 9, 2018 The Friends on HQ feature is rolling out in the UK first, with a United States launch to follow "soon after." HQ also plans to roll out "a variety of

HQ Trivia Will Have Surprise $100,000 Prize Today and $250,000 Prize on Wednesday as Game Gets First Sponsors

HQ Trivia prize pots are about to get a lot bigger as the live trivia show brings on its first corporate sponsors and advertisers. To celebrate Nike's Air Max Day today, for example, HQ will be hosting a surprise 15-question game with a shared $100,000 prize. It appears this will be a bonus round in addition to the regular games at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Time, so players will need to keep an eye on their iPhones for a notification at any time. A spokesperson for HQ told MacRumors that the game will also feature "a prize that money can't buy" for 100 winners. Based on promotional tweets from HQ and Nike, the prize could be limited edition pairs of Air Max shoes. Airing 3.26 pic.twitter.com/e3OpLdrrlr— HQ Trivia (@hqtrivia) March 26, 2018 Then, on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, HQ will be hosting its biggest game yet -- a $250,000 prize pot -- sponsored by the upcoming Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One. Over the weekend, Ad Age reported that HQ inked a $3 million deal with studio Warner Bros. to promote three films in total. This Wednesday, Ready Player One and HQ Trivia invite you to join the leaderboard! Download the HQ Trivia App to play: https://t.co/FsnefCe3T9 pic.twitter.com/xLwhxvhNM4— Ready Player One (@readyplayerone) March 26, 2018 HQ's largest jackpot to date has been $50,000, won by a single player on Sunday night. The game's record high for players is nearly 2.2 million, set on the evening of Sunday, March 4, during the 90th Academy Awards. HQ's standard prize amount was recently raised to $5,000, which is often split by tens if

HQ Trivia Updated With Full-Screen iPad Support

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