You can win real money!

By Liz Steelman
Updated November 03, 2017

Love trivia, but can’t commit to a weekly bar league—or don’t want to stay out that late? Want to win money in the comfort of, well, wherever you have a strong signal or WiFi? Well, a new app from the creators of Vine offers you all the fun of a live quiz show like Jeopardy or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, plus the chance to win cash prizes.

HQ Trivia is a new free iOS app that broadcasts two daily live trivia shows. Users can log in at 3 p.m. EST on weekdays and 9 p.m. EST on both weekdays and weekends to compete against tens of thousands of other players hoping to cash in. New York-based comedian Scott Rogowsky hosts the quick quiz show, providing his colored commentary between presenting the 12 or 15 questions per game.

From the time Rogowsky begins to ask the question, users have 10 seconds to select one of three answers as their choice. Questions are well researched (read: difficult!) and cover a variety of topics like entertainment, science, linguistics, history, and technology. Since the time you have to answer is very short, it’s extremely difficult for users to Google the correct answer, thus making the game reasonably fair. The questions increase in difficulty every round, and since you are immediately disqualified after you answer one question wrong, the competitive pool gets smaller and smaller as the game goes on. After a contestant loses, they can either log off or continue watching the game. Answer all the questions right, and you spilt the earnings equally with the other winners. Prize pools can be anywhere between $200 and $2,000, spilt equally among the winners. Usually there are about 20 to 50 winners each game, each winning a prize that can range from $1 to $20. Users can cash out their winnings via PayPal.

As an incentive to organically grow the app, HQ offers existing members a free life if a friend signs up to play using their referral code. The game automatically uses a free life when a wrong answer is selected in all but the last round, thus keeping the player in the game. Only one free life can be used during gameplay.

The app has been live since July, but has quickly become a viral sensation, attracting tens of thousands of new players in the past few weeks. Currently it is only available for iOS, but the Android version will be released soon. Though the app is designed for individuals, users have found it’s fun to put their heads together and increase their chances of the group winning if each select a different answer. So don’t be surprised when your family gathers around the post-Thanksgiving table to play a round together.

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