HQ Trivia: Hosts, Prizes & How The Game Works

In the age of technology and smartphones, apps are coming out on the daily. From crazes like Angry Birds and Temple Run people are downloading addicting apps all the time. Where these apps are fun and entertaining, you can’t earn money while playing them but with the new app HQ Trivia, you can earn thousands. Here’s all you need to know about the game and what you can win.

What is HQ Trivia


HQ is a live trivia game app that gives real money to whoever wins. It generates a series of new questions each game and the players only have 10 seconds to answer. The questions start off fairly easy and get harder as it progresses. The app was first introduced in August 2017 on iOS and shortly after was released on Android in December 2017. Players do not have to pay anything to download the game, which is what has made it so popular. It is hosted live every day of the week, it airs at 9 P.M. every day and hosts another show at 3 P.M. on weekdays. HQ also randomly has surprise games on holidays or other special days.

Players can also earn extra lives when they invite their friends to download and play the game. This allows them to answer a question wrong and still continue in the game. However, in March of 2018, HQ introduced a new “1 Winner Takes All” concept for their Sunday games. Where after the 15th question the winner continue to ask questions until only one player is left. Only in these games are players not allowed to use their extra lives after the 15th question is answered. The game with the most questions asked was on March 18, 2018, with 27 questions asked and there was no winner.

What Is The Prize?


When the app was introduced the prize money was only $250 but quickly increased to the current winnings of $5,000. On Sundays, holidays and special events, the winnings have gone up to $300,000. However, Sunday’s games are normally around $25,000. The creators also plan on increasing the prizes to $1,000,000 in the future.

Say there is no winner, what happens? Especially during “1 Winner Takes All” games, if there is no winner the prize money will roll over into the following Sunday’s game, increasing the winnings. On March 26, 201,8 HQ partnered with Nike to give away a special pair of Nike Air Maxes to every winner. They also partnered with Warner Bros. on April 11,2018 to promote the movie Rampage by giving away their largest prize to date, $300,000.

Your Host Tonight Is…


HQ has a multitude of different hosts on the show including special appearances like Ryan Seacrest, Jimmy Kimmel, Kristi Yamaguchi, Dwayne Johnson and Robert Ne Niro. When the game is not having a special appearance they usually have the host Scott Rogowsky. Scott gained his fame by creating several viral videos including “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew” and “Taking Fake Book Covers on the Subway.” He also has hosted “Running Late with Scott Rogowsky,” a live talk show hosted around different places in New York City and Los Angeles. He began his career with HQ when it was first released and has been the primary host since.



When HQ was first released, they were getting some backlash about their method of paying winners where they receive their money by using PayPal. Previously they had to have achieved a minimum prize balance of $20 within 90 days to get their money and if they didn’t their winnings would be forfeited. Starting in January 2018 HQ announced that there would no longer be a minimum amount to cash out.

Both the iOS and Android apps have experienced glitches as the app has grown. This has sparked outrage in some players with complaints of lagging, freezing and random elimination during the game. It got so bad during six of the games that they had to be postponed to fix the problems.

Despite the controversy HQ has been in, it has been extremely successful overall. For it only being out less than one year the app has already received multiple awards. It won Time Magazine’s “App of the Year” award in 2017 and the A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game at the New York Game Awards in 2018.

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