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This article was published on March 30, 2020


HQ Trivia is making a comeback, thanks to an unnamed investor

HQ Trivia is making a comeback, thanks to an unnamed investor
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

HQ Trivia, the once-popular live quiz app, is making an unexpected comeback. This announcement comes just after a month of the company announcing that it’s shutting down the app.

Earlier today, Rus Yusupov, co-founder of the company tweeted that there will be a new show at 9 PM ET tonight; the show’s host, Matt Richards, confirmed this development in another tweet. 

According to a report by The Verge, this isn’t a one-off show, and the company‘s back for good with plans for regular shows. At the moment, the firm is not revealing any details about its new investor.

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The company originally started in 2017, and became popular doing live trivia shows with cash prizes, allowing millions of users to participate in quizzes just like on TV, through their mobile phones. In 2018, the company went through a lot of controversies including employee complaints about aggressive management and co-founder Colin Kroll’s death.

Last month, Yusupov sent an email to staff stating that the company was shutting down, as “lead investors (were) no longer willing to fund the company.” However, just days later, he tweeted that he had found a potential new investor and the company would be back in action soon. 

We’ll have to wait and see how long the app lasts this time. If nothing, we have another way to pass time during the quarantine.

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