Last Updated on July 11, 2018 by Melissa S.
What is HQ trivia?
For those who don’t know, HQ trivia is a fast growing live quiz show in a mobile app. It is completely free to play and does not feature any advertising. Each day at 3pm and 9pm (and occasionally at additional times too) the live quiz is broadcast. The pot of winnings ranges from £1000 to £8000 – or more when global link up games are held. The host will ask 12 questions ranging from very easy to extremely difficult (or “savage” as they are known in the game!). At the end of the questions, the remaining winning players will split the winnings pot.
How much can you realistically win per game?
If you manage to get through the questions, the winnings pot will be split between all the winners so it really depends how many winning players there are and how much is in the winnings pot. I have seen everything between £5.00 winnings per player and £20.00. A friend claimed to win £495 on one game but I have yet to see anything like this myself! There is a leaderboard within the app that shows you the biggest earners for this week and all time.
Currently the biggest UK earner of this week has won £224, whereas the all time top 10 have all earnt in excess of £1000, the top earner currently being just shy of £3000. Not bad for answering quiz questions for free!
How easy is it to win?
I’m going to be honest here – not very! Personally, in around 3 weeks of playing most days I have yet to win! While the questions start off extremely easy, by around question 5 or 6 there is usually a “savage question” in there to whittle away the players. All the questions are multiple choice with 3 options so if you don’t know you can always guess. You get 10 seconds to answer so there is little chance of consulting Google for help. A good general knowledge is obviously helpful but some of the questions are so obscure that sometimes it is down to sheer luck! As soon as you answer incorrectly you are out of the game – although you can still watch along until the end to see the outcome. You can also earn extra lives to buy yourself back into the game. These can only be used once per game and not on the final question.
If you play with a friend or family member in the same room, you could have a strategy on an unknown question to each go for a different answer to ensure a greater chance of one of you going through. Myself and my husband do this but still neither of us have won a penny!
UPDATE: On tonight’s quiz, (14th June), they have just announced that the UK & Ireland are the first to get permenant answer sharing from friends. This means that you can see the answers your friends in the game selected to help you make up your mind. Up until now this was only available on selected games.
How do I earn extra lives?
You can earn extra lives by giving friends your referral code when they sign up – again this is completely free. If you would like to use my referral code it is: getoffmysteps
The game is streamed live with thousands of players – are there any connection / lagging issues?
Obviously this may depend on your wifi or phone signal. Personally I have only ever experienced minor issues with the connection – if the live streaming fails then the quiz questions are still visible in text on the screen for you to answer. However I have seen some complaints of lagging and people not being able to select their answers on time. The first time I played was the day of the royal wedding and a global linkup quiz was taking place. Over a million people were playing worldwide for a large prize pot, the connection was poor and I remember thinking how on earth do this many people play every single day?! Fortunately the UK games average around 100,000 players and I rarely experience any connection problems during these games.
HQ Trivia is a great free app for a bit of fun but I wouldn’t add it to your list of money making apps. You cannot guarantee a regular income stream from it, but as it’s completely free to download and play, the only thing it costs you is a few minutes of your time. It is fun to play, especially with friends or family in the same room, and you may learn some obscure facts to arm you in good stead for your next pub quiz. I will definitely continue to play and treat any winnings as a bonus!
Do you HQ? Have you ever won? Let me know in the comments!
Thinking of signing up? Use my referral code: getoffmysteps