A few weeks back, we wrote about HQ Live Trivia Show [Free], the game from the creators of Vine that has players answering live trivia questions twice a day for real money. I've been playing the game ever since, and I've been seeing the game grow day by day. A week and a bit ago, the game had around 26 thousand players and a prize of (usually) $500, but yesterday the game had over 80 thousand players and a prize of $5000. The game is pretty simple. You have to answer 12 questions right in order to get a cut of the $500, but the live host and the live nature of the game makes it feel different than most other App Store trivia games.

The question is whether HQ Live's growth will push other developers to go the synchronous game show route. The mobile platform is pretty much the only one that allows for these kinds of games, since players almost always have access to their phones and can consistently play live games in a way that players of other platforms can't. What do you think about the future of games like HQ Live? Have you had a chance to play it? If yes, do you see more of these games coming down the line in the near future?

  • DotComCTO

    It's super fun! Not sure how they're monitizing this just yet, but it's cool so far.

    • Zachary Chow

      Some trivia questions are sponsored by certain companies. So say, in a question, they ask about the history of Nike, there's a fair chance that Nike paid the HQ devs money to put that question in.

  • Chris Maloney

    HQ is awesome, but it's just scratching the surface. I expect a seismic shift to live event mobile game shows in the next 2-3 years.

  • jag64

    why do they want my phonenumber: i will never show my phonenumber to anyone on the appstore! never had this experience with a game before really creepy: just erased it

    • Earlybird

      I'm guessing it's so you don't set up multiple devices to play on. People usually have a limited amount of phone numbers, usually one.

  • mrfatuous

    Sounds good, unfortunately for me I'm getting the kids to bed at one time and the other time is two in morning. The only time I've played it so far was when I was up in the middle of the night with a vomiting bug!

  • disgruntled_salami

    what are they doing with my phone number and how much money are they getting from selling it? sorry, if 555-5555 doesn't work i'm out

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Search for an app called Burner on the App Store, I use it for all sorts of temporary phone number stuff where you can't just put in a garbage number because they confirm via text. I bought a couple bucks worth of credit a year or more ago and still have tons left.