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HQ, also known as HQ Trivia is a live trivia game for mobile devices. Played at 9 PM EST every day, and 3 PM EST on weekdays, players must correctly answer 12 questions (sometimes more) of increasing difficulty in a row in order to win real-world money.
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Jackpots tend to be from $1,000 to $5,000 on weekdays, whereas weekend jackpots can go up to $50,000, and special shows can get it up to as much as $400,000. note  This money is split among every player who manages to get every question right, which is no small feat.

One of the biggest draws to the game is its host, the energetic Scott Rogowsky. Occasionally, other hosts will take Scott's place.

The creators of the game, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, are better known for previously creating Vine.

The game can be downloaded for iPhone here, and for Android here.


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HQ contains examples of:

  • All or Nothing: You either get every question right or you walk away with nothing.
  • Allegedly Free Game/Bribing Your Way to Victory: Previously averted. There was no way to use your own money to gain an advantage. You could only gain Extra Lives by referring a friend, by playing the game five days in a row, or by the whims of HQ management. That changed in late 2018 and you can now buy Extra Lives for a small fee.
  • Catchphrase: Each Host has a few:
    • Scott Rogowsky:
      • "Let's get down to the nitty gritty, let's get this show on the road, qumero numero uno!"
      • "Oh boy Oberto" when a savage question occurs
      • "It all boils down to this" when reaching Question 12
    • Matt Richards:
      • "I'm your host with the most, holdin' it down from coast to coast, smooth as the butter you put on toast, the one, the only, money-flippin Matt Richards!"
      • "$5000 dollars up for the taking, how much money will you be making?"
      • "Nothin' to it but to HQ it!"
      • "Question 12, what's that smell? Smells like money, follow me @mattwasfunny! Whoo, Question 12! I said Question 12!"
      • "Savage question song, sorry you got it wrong!" (with variations for further savage questions).
      • "What's it gonna beee?"
      • "Question 5, question 5 / Ah-ah-ah-ah / Question 5..." (to the tune of "Stayin' Alive")
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    • David Magidoff:
      • "I'm your host David Magidoff, the only David Magidoff in the world"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sarah Pribis's preferred style.
  • Fun with Acronyms: What exactly DOES HQ stand for? Scott's answers to this question include:
    • "Happy Quinceañera"
    • "Humpback Quail"
  • Game Show Host:
    • Matt Richards, usually.
    • Sharon Carpenter
    • Lauren Gambino (primary for HQ Sports)
    • The lightly-regarded David Magidoff
    • Formerly Scott Rogowsky and Sarah Pribis.
  • Large Ham: Scott Rogowsky and Matt Richards are very animated.
  • Lifelines: Your Extra Lives, earned by inviting your friends or playing five days in a row, can save you from elimination once per game. You can also earn Erasers to eliminate a wrong answer by playing with a friend nearby. You cannot use Extra Lives or Erasers on the last question, however.
  • The Nicknamer: The hosts love coming up with silly nicknames for themselves, often involving the word "quiz", such as "Quiz Khalifa" or "Quizzie McGuire". Rogowsky also used names related to other well known game show presenters including "Woke Woolery" and "Trap Trebek"
  • Nintendo Hard: Just making it to to the last question of a game is mind-bogglingly difficult. Generally, less than one percent of the starting audience will make it to the end, and far fewer will actually win anything. It's very common for several hundred thousand players to start the game, but only 1,000 or so to survive all of the questions.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Unless you have an Extra Life handy, you will be eliminated from the game if you get even one question wrong.
  • 1-Up: Extra Lives can be used once per game to keep going (but may not be used on the final question) if you answer incorrectly. They can be earned by having another person use your invite code while signing up or by playing the game five days in a row; in rare cases, they're awarded by HQ themselves.
  • Padding: As this is an internet based game show, connectivity issues occasionally rear their ugly head. As such, Host Scott Rogowsky often has to "tapdance" on the air, as they say, and at times this can be very obvious.
  • Progressive Jackpot: On the very rare occasion that no one can answer all the questions correctly, the prize money from that game gets carried over to the next one. The one time this has happened so far was during the March 18, 2018 "one winner takes all" game, where the 27th question came down to two people, one of whom answered incorrectly, and the other one was discovered to have used a bot to answer the 26th question and was disqualified. This being a Sunday show, the prize from that game was carried over to the next "one winner takes all" game the next Sunday, now valued at $50,000 instead of $25,000.
  • Promotional Consideration: Usually required to get the prize pool above the usual $5,000/$25,000 marks, but when they happen... hoo boy. Promoted games usually start at $100,000.
  • Rules Spiel: Delivered by the host before every game, to get new players up to speed.
  • Running Gag: See Fun with Acronyms.
    • Also, Scott has been comically inconsistent when stating the game's live filming location.
    • A common running gag among the players is to type "Birds Nest Soup" repeatedly into the chat during every game, in reference to a particularly notorious savage question from a special $50,000 game.
    • "Wakanda Forever" is another popular chat spam.
  • Timed Mission: You only get 10 seconds to answer each question, to prevent people from just Googling the answers.
  • Unexpectedly Obscure Answer: The hosts refer to these questions as "Savage Questions" when they eliminate a large section of the audience. This can be rather jarring when it happens in the first half of the game.
    • Likewise, you can get "Schooled" out HQ Words for particularly difficult puzzles (not counting the infamous "Rocy" misspelling).
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: Occasionally, technical issues can cause players to get eliminated despite giving a correct answer, or in some cases, the question could not appear at all. In these cases, HQ will generally either run a second game or reward affected players with an Extra Life.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Scott Rogowsky occasionally lampshades his Jewish heritage by peppering his dialog this way.

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