Vine’s founders are back with HQ, a live trivia game show app


“It’s a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new.” That’s how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which looks like Who Desires To Be A Millionaire meets Fb Live.

At 3pm and 9pm Japanese, 1000’s of other people open up HQ’s iOS app and play alongside as excitable host Scott Rogowsky asks round a dozen more than one selection questions one at a time. Bet proper inside of 10 seconds, and you progress directly to the following query after Scott finishes joking in regards to the solutions. Bet mistaken, and you’ll be able to nonetheless remark and watch to look which gamers nail all of them and break up prize cash they money out on PayPal.

It’s easy, however feels extremely contemporary and pressing. I’ve performed simply as soon as and it’s already craveable. Each once I neglected the show the day prior to this afternoon and once I were given eradicated within the night time, I right away sought after to play extra. Through combining the interactivity of gaming, the attract of live video, and the manufacturing price of Hollywood, HQ feels extra alive than maximum the rest to your telephone or TV.

Organising HQ

“We all grew up watching Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune. That’s our basis for this kind of stuff”  Yusupov tells me about his and fellow former Vine co-founder Colin Kroll’s new mission. This reimagination of a vintage leisure staple has drawn a seed spherical of a few million greenbacks from Lightspeed Ventures by the use of spouse Jeremy Liew. He’s been having his personal game show a laugh as a pass judgement on of Apple’s Shark Tankish ‘Planet Of The Apps’. Liew and Yusupov declined to percentage the precise measurement of the investment spherical.

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“We really believed in the technical and design capability of Rus and Colin and their broad thinking about the future of mobile video being far more interactive than just hearts” says Liew.

Yusupov and Kroll left Twitter in overdue 2015 after gazing their child Vine get depriortized through the suffering social massive. A yr later when Vine was once close down regardless of protests around the Web, Yusupov infamously tweeted “Don’t sell your company!” Quickly the duo had been at paintings on Intermedia Labs, an app studio that introduced Hype in overdue 2016. The product means that you can broadcast a livestream meshing recorded video clips and different media with your real-time digital camera feed.

However Hype by no means were given a lot hype, and neither did Intermedia’s follow-up Soar, which allow you to make tune movies through recording your dance strikes which are then auto-synced to a tune. That’s when Yusupov and Kroll got here up with HQ. “We love working in video. That’s our thing. We just wanted to make something that people play . . . with their friends and family” Yusupov tells me.

Cellular Made Exciting

HQ has been slowly mountain climbing the trivia app charts since its release in overdue August. It had about 3300 concurrent gamers remaining night time vying for a $150 jackpot. But strangely, it hasn’t drawn any media consideration till now. Most likely its sluggish ascent and loss of protection is because of the truth that you’ll be able to’t play on every occasion you wish to have like virtually each different cellular game.

However that’s additionally the joys of it. You are feeling like there’s in fact penalties as you nervously play, as a result of nobody desires to be eradicated. The graceful problem curve from simple questions like “What could you buy on when it first launched? Cars, plants, or books?” initially of the game to more difficult ones like “Which of these foods is NOT made from corn? Polenta, Grits, or Gruel?” on the finish makes you certain you’ll do higher in case you play the next day.

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As HQ grows, there will probably be numerous paths monetization. It’s simple to believe advert breaks between questions, product placement prize giveaways, or backed questions on manufacturers. “We’ve been playing around with options” says Yusupov. “This Sunday we did a sponsored game that let us give away the biggest prize”, permitting manufacturers to win gamers’ prefer through boosting the cash awarded to winners.

Optimistically HQ will spice issues up with symbol, audio, and different media-based questions, famous person visitors, in-chat badges for previous winners, or particular lightning rounds. There’s numerous inspiration on which to attract, from previous black-and-white TV trivia displays to edgier laptop video games like You Don’t Know Jack. HQ may just additionally use an Android app, in addition to higher remark filtering that displays your mates first since they’re lately mess of unsolicited mail that don’t upload a lot past the sense of bustling pageant.

So long as the founders don’t drown the brisk video games in ads, I be expecting HQ’s viewership to construct through the day. “The players and audience experience is always going to be the most important to us.” For now there’s not anything in point of fact like HQ, proving that fast-loading video is unlocking all new alternatives on cellular regardless of our iPhones turning ten this yr.