BBC News America
It’s 2018 and people are gathering around a phone to take part in the day’s round of HQ Trivia, a real-time quiz app where players can win real cash.Two years later, and HQ Trivia has gone bankrupt and shut down, its presenters drinking and swearing during its last live broadcast.The final game’s prize was just $5 (£3.83) – and that came out of the pocket of host Matt Richards.That prize was split by 523 viewers.It’s a far cry from the app’s heyday, when prizes could reach $300,000 (£214,000) and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was a guest presenter on the 15-minute show.HQ Trivia was free to download and free to play. A live presenter would ask 12 multiple choice questions and anyone who answered them all correctly would win part of the game’s prize fund.A live chat ran during the game, and presenters read out messages from players during the live daily broadcasts.
HQ Trivia had, at its peak, more than 2 million players
It’s estimated that in February 2018, there could be 2.3 million people playing HQ Trivia at the same time.During its lifespan gave away $6 million (£4.6 million) in cash prizes.But on Friday 14 February 2020, HQ Trivia shut down, making its 25 employees redundant after running out of money.Investors had pulled their cash out of the app and a plan for a new buyer to rescue the company fell through at the