Everything You Need To Know About HQ, The App Sweeping America

To many, the letters “HQ” no longer represent the abbreviation for headquarters. Instead, HQ now means HQ Trivia, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular and arugably best game apps.

If you’re one of the millions of people already obsessed with the HQ Trivia app, you may be hungry for some tips on how to win or get extra lives. You may just want to know about HQ host Scott Rogowsky, AKA Quiz Daddy. 

Whether you’re already a HQutie or you’re a newbie who’s interested in the free app that rewards players in real money, there's probably still some stuff you don't know about HQ Trivia. 

  • First Things First: What Is HQ And How Do You Play?


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    HQ Trivia is an app that can be downloaded on iPhones and Androids. The app itself is a live trivia game, which users can participate in at both 3 pm and 9 pm EST. The game itself consists of 12 multiple-choice questions, which the player has 10 seconds to answer. A player must answer all 12 questions correctly to win the jackpot. If a player gets a single question wrong, they're out of the game - unless they have extra lives.

    HQ Trivia is a way to play Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? every day, twice a day, on your phone. It’s been hailed the future of game shows, but it's also been cited as the beginning of a weird dystopian future in which we’re all on our phones at a certain time each day.

  • The Jackpots Can Go Up To $250,000, But Winners Split The Cash


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    The objective of HQ Trivia is to answer all 12 questions correctly and win that jackpot - and the jackpot can be worth a lot of money. As of April 2018, the highest HQ jackpot was worth $250,000.

    But of course, it’s not just one person who usually takes home the prize. With millions of people logging into some of the games, the odds of being the sole winner are very slim. In fact, each game generally results in a number of winners, who only walk away with about $10.

    Still, players are more than happy with the tiny winnings. Who doesn't want 10 bucks for winning a phone game? It's just probably best to not hope to retire off your HQ winnings.

  • HQ Had A Loophole Where They Didn’t Have To Give Winners Their Money


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    For a while, it seemed like HQ Trivia may have been one big scam. There was a rule that players could only cash out once they had over $20 in winnings. If a player won a game (which is hard enough to do), but won less than $20, they would’t see that money.

    On top of that, HQ’s Terms of Service declared winnings not cashed out within 90 days would be considered forfeited. With that logic, a player would have to win HQ multiple times within 90 days if they wanted to see their winnings.

    This was all when the game first launched, and the $20 minimum has since been removed.

  • The App Is Growing Fast, Which Means Bigger Jackpots (But More Opponents)


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    HQ Trivia is a wildly popular app, which is a good thing and a bad thing. The good news is the popularity and growth means bigger jackpots. On New Year’s Eve 2017, the jackpot was $18,000, which was the biggest to that date.

    That record was smashed in March 2018, when the jackpot was $250,000. The more the app grows, the more the jackpot grows.

    However, the growth also means more opponents. In January 2018, the app reached the milestone of 1,000,000 players. In March 2018, the app saw 2,000,000 players log in. So while the jackpot gets larger, so does your group of competitors.

  • The App Relies On Sponsorship For Its Cash Prizes


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    If HQ Trivia is free to play but they are handing out jackpots as big as $250,000, how does the app make any money? The American way: sponsorship deals.

    When launched, the app had financial backing, which meant investors were giving away their money as the jackpot. This was all in the hope the app would become popular enough to attract sponsors, who would then pay for advertising.

    Of course, it did. HQ Trivia’s first sponsor was Warner Bros. The deal reportedly involves HQ Trivia marketing three films to the tune of $3,000,000 from Warner Bros. Following in Warner Bros. footsteps, Nike partnered with the app to giveaway limited edition HQ Air Max 270 sneakers and cash prizes.

  • HQ Was Created By The Founders Of Now-Defunct Vine


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    The genius minds behind HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, actually created another buzz-worthy app presviously: Vine. The now-defunct app was used to create six-second videos, and launched the careers of some internet celebrities.

    In 2012, Yusupov and Kroll sold Vine to Twitter for $30 million. Just four years later, Twitter announced Vine would be shutting down for good. Yusupov and Kroll returned to the app world with HQ Trivia at a valuation of $100 million, which helped the duo raise funding of an estimated $15 million.