Well, Looks Like HQ Trivia’s Finally Dead

Screenshot: HQ TriviaLet’s be honest, the writing’s been on the wall for a while now.HQ Trivia announced its shuttering Friday in a notification to users that seems to imply the company gives precisely zero fucks at this point: “HQ is live. Just kidding. We’re off-air indefinitely.” Not even a “Thanks for playing,” as the notification…

Well, Looks Like HQ Trivia’s Finally Dead

Screenshot: HQ TriviaLet’s be honest, the writing’s been on the wall for a while now.HQ Trivia announced its shuttering Friday in a notification to users that seems to imply the company gives precisely zero fucks at this point: “HQ is live. Just kidding. We’re off-air indefinitely.” Not even a “Thanks for playing,” as the notification goes on to say, makes up for that burn.It’s an abrupt end for the once-viral live trivia app, formerly valued at more than $100 million while boasting millions of concurrent players that competed for its daily prize pools. That was back in ye olden days of 2018, though, HQ Trivia’s heyday. Mounting complaints about rampant cheating via bots and delayed payouts for winners have dogged the company since, and its viewer numbers only continued to spiral with the addition of an unpopular points-based system that left fans questioning whether HQ was struggling to maintain its cash flow. On Friday, CEO Rus Yusupov told employees that “lead investors are no longer willing to fund the company, and so effective today, HQ will cease operations and move to dissolution,” per a company-wide email obtained by CNN Business. In a last-ditch effort, the email continues, HQ previously hired a banker “to help find additional investors and partners to support the expansion of the company” and they’d even “received an offer from an established business” projected to be finalized Saturday. But those plans ultimately fell through, he said per the report. Leaving HQ Trivia, and its now-f
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