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HQ Trivia hosts final drunken quiz after investors pull plug: 'My dogs are going to starve!'

  1. The app sensation has drawn millions of players and awarded $6m in prize money

  2. Naaman Zhou @naamanzhou Tue 18 Feb 2020 00.54 GMTLast modified on Tue 18 Feb 2020 03.48 GMT Shares 43

  1. Online quiz app HQ Trivia, which at its peak was played by more than 2 million people a day, has hosted its last game – with inebriated hosts awarding a total prize pool of only US$5.Described as a “final drunken hurrah”, the app’s last broadcast was watched by 28,000 people after the company told employees last Friday it would shut down due to lack of funding.

    From first kiss to unfollowing – culture that sums up love in 2020 Read more Launched in 2017, HQ Trivia drew millions of players with a format where a live host asked trivia questions and cracked jokes in a 15-minute quiz. Players around the world answered a series of increasingly difficult questions, with winners splitting a shared prize pool that rose as high as US$400,000.However, on Saturday the app hosted its final game, with a princely $5 prize from host Matt Richards’ own pocket eventually split by 523 contestants.Hosts Richards and Anna Roisman drank as they asked viewers to hire them and the other laid-off staff, and briefly sang a modified version of the song Memory from Cats. The final question, earning each winner 0.95 US cents, was: “What does Subway call its employees?”“Send me a Venmo request,” Richards said. “And I will send you your fraction of a penny.”“Sell your iPhone,” Roisman said. “No,” said Richards. “I need it.”

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