If you’re the longstanding champion of Wednesday night trivia at your local bar, chances are you’ve already played HQ Trivia and have perhaps won a few dollars like Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings (although, HQ’s winnings were a paltry $11.16 versus his whopping $2.5 Million on Jeopardy!). If not? Download it now. It will change your life (or at least the way you look at trivia).
Launched in August 2017 and targeted to North American and UK audiences, HQ Trivia is akin to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Jeopardy! but in real-time, open to all and a favorite among millennials. This live trivia app enables you to play trivia up to twice a day (3 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST on weekdays and 9 p.m. EST on weekends) for real money. Why stick to local bar games and win gift cards and pitchers of beer when you can win real, hard cash?
Initially only available on iOS, the game recently launched its Android version. We have to warn you: It’s quite addictive.
Here’s everything you need to know about HQ Trivia:
5.) How Do I Play?
Sample Question: Who wrote the poem O Captain! My Captain!?
A. William Shakespeare
B. Walt Whitman
C. Sarah Palin
*Answers revealed at the end of this post
HQ Trivia is a live game. We recommend enabling push notifications so you’re reminded when to log in and start. Once you receive the push, you typically have around five minutes to log in. If you log in after the deadline, you can watch, but you can’t play.
Upon logging in, the host — typically Scott Rogowsky, affectionally called “Walt Quizney” or “Quiz Daddy” by HQ players — will greet you (whom he calls his “HQties”) live from whatever city he happens to be in (usually New York City) with his overly cheesy dad jokes.
He’ll inform you how many people are playing and how much money is in the pot. If you look in the upper left-hand corner of your screen, you can continue to monitor how many players are involved. As HQ’s popularity has grown, this number often starts just shy of 1 million players and once reached 2 million!
Once the game begins, Rogowsky reads aloud the questions. The game typically involves 12 multiple-choice questions (but has gone up to 15) that draw from celebrity knowledge, historical events, literature and more. The questions start easy and get harder as the game goes on. The hardest questions are deemed “savage.”
You have just 10 seconds to answer each question, i.e., not enough time to Google the answer or phone a friend. If you answer a question wrong, you’re no longer allowed to participate in the game but can continue watching. If you correctly answer all questions, you win a piece of the jackpot, which is split equally among all winners. So if the pot was $2,000 and 100 people win, each person will get $20, redeemable via PayPal shortly after the game ends.