HQ is Live!


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Skyler Rivera, Editor-in-Chief of Social Media

That phrase that is yelled every 12pm PST and 6pm PST when millions of Americans rush to their phones to participate in a live online trivia game. The app “HQ,” created by the founders of Vine, entices users with prize money ranging from $2,500 to $15,000.

The game is simple: There are twelve trivia style questions. The player has ten seconds to answer the multiple choice question. If the player reaches the twelfth question and answers it correctly they win the prize money. If there is more than one winner, the winners split the money.

Sounds simple right? WRONG.

The questions start out elementary and get increasingly challenging as the game prolongs. Occasionally, the host, Scott Rogowsky, will throw in a “savage question” which eliminates half the competition.

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HQ’s usual host, Scottcommonly known as “Quiz Daddy” , is an internet legend. Every game is a cheesy stand-up comedy show thanks to him; he puts his two cents with every question.

HQ is taking the world by storm, compelling millions of players to play each night. The idea of playing a virtual game with the prize of physical money is so 2018.

The trivia game is not publicized due to lack of funding, yet the word is getting out about the seemingly overnight-sensation game. The Webb Community has also joined the HQ phenomenon. Nick Johnson ‘19 chimes in with his HQ insight.

“HQ is a culture, all my friends play. I mean, who wouldn’t want to win money just by playing a game on their phone.I heard about it from my friend who found out about it from their friend who found out about it from another friend.”

HQ’s  the nonsensical fun opens a portal into a competitive world without prejudice and conflict. For fifteen minutes twice a day we can be transported to another world thanks to a trivia game app on our smartphones.  

“It’s fun to just get into this game for fifteen minutes everyday. It’s just pure fun.”

So, in the famous words of Scott, “Lets get to the nitty gritty…It’s time for HQ!”


Courtesy of The New York Times