HQ Trivia Lays Off Staff and Pivots to $9.99/Month Subscription Model for HQ Words

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  1. jeblis macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2012
    I tried it once. Glitched out and was done. Part of the problem is most people lost due to technical errors. Even if they won something, near impossible to cash out. Fun host, like trivia, hate the crap. Also anything online that gives money will shortly be dominated by cheats.
  2. rols macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2008
    $9.99 a month, wow. Don't see these guys lasting too much longer. The subscription model world is getting crowded very quickly now and I feel consumer opposition building. It starts by not paying 10 bucks a month for a game they used to play for free, it ends when people start budgeting $50 a month for recurring expenses and pick the 5 they care about most. Byebye Adobe, you had a good run, sorry HQ, you missed the party.
    I do hope whatever replaces it isn't worse.
  3. rjlawrencejr macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    That could be true generally, and yes I did forget about it. But their marketing sucked. I have multiple jobs and I’m not always free at noon and 6 PM pacific time. At one time I would get message reminders before the show began (at first the reminders would arrive late meaning I couldn’t even play). Even before we came into the so-called short attention span era, the broadcast and cable networks have always shown promos reminding you to watch.
  4. MisterSavage macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2018
    They also got super aggressive concerning how many notifications they would send as reminders for the upcoming game. One a day would have been ok with me but they started sending much more than that.
  5. WordsmithMR macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2015
    I mean, if people wanted to answer random questions for free they could just join subreddit that gets a lot of questions...
  6. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Here is Apple Arcade: $9.99/mo for a selection of games. (Could be more expensive. I just put a number here for the sake of having a price to talk with)
    From the face value Apple Arcade is cheaper, but we still need to see how well those games actually are.
  7. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    Wait... please wait. $10/mo to play a trivia game? Great business model. These guys should buy out MovieTime and get rekt.
  8. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
  9. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    This looks like a SAVAGE layoff.

    Time for the Quemero, Numero, One to leave if the company is in this much trouble.

    Okay, that's all I have.

    I haven't played since Scott left. #NotMyQuizDaddy
  10. Bawstun macrumors 68000


    Jun 25, 2009
    That's what the payouts are now, but if hardly anyone subscribes to play...payouts could increase dramatically, at least in theory.
  11. drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    Tried it. It was terrible. Questions were vague, and if there's anything trivia people hate, it's getting two answers that could be justifiable. That, and if I recall, it was FB login. Forget that...
  12. MisterSavage macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2018
    It's not a requirement to log in with Facebook. I would never have played if it was.

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