The dream has come to an finish, HQties. HQ Trivia, the favored stay trivia recreation present app that everybody and their brother gave the impression to be enjoying at one level, is shutting down, shedding all 25 of its full-time employees. In accordance with an announcement from CEO Rus Yusupov (by way of TechCrunch), HQ Trivia was in negotiations to be bought by “a longtime enterprise,” however the purchaser pulled out on the final minute, leaving the struggling firm with buyers who have been now not keen to maintain the ship afloat.
“…for causes we’re nonetheless investigating, they abruptly modified their place and regardless of our greatest efforts, we weren’t in a position to attain an understanding,” the assertion reads. “Sadly, our lead buyers are now not keen to fund the corporate, and so efficient right this moment, HQ will stop operations and transfer to dissolution.”
It’s been a wild journey for HQ. The stay trivia app, whereby customers may go online to look at a bunch of various likeability ask 12 questions of accelerating problem for an opportunity at profitable a chunk of an enormous money prize, sprang up seemingly out of nowhere in late 2017. Created by Yusupov and Colin Kroll, two of the founders of Vine, HQ Trivia at one level boasted over 2 million simultaneous gamers, and on the top of its recognition averaged 2 million downloads a month. However the app was plagued with points, together with technical issues, devoted cheaters decreasing the prize pool to negligible quantities, a much-publicized inner mutiny try to oust Yusupov as CEO, and the sudden loss of life of Kroll.
I used to be an early participant of HQ Trivia, and it was undoubtedly a enjoyable and distinctive concept for an app. However I admittedly bought uninterested in it fairly shortly (I by no means managed to make it previous Query 6), they usually by no means appeared to fairly work out learn how to capitalize on their unbelievable early success to create a sustainable present. Any person else will virtually actually come together with a brand new iteration of the stay trivia app, however till then I suppose it’s again to Pokemon Go. (Million greenback concept – have Pikachu learn me trivia questions for money.)
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