HQ, which made the once-popular HQ Trivia app, is shutting down and shedding its 25 staff, according to CNN Business.
HQ CEO Rus Yusupov reportedly despatched a note to employees asserting that HQ would stop operations. Within the observe, he mentioned that there had been a suggestion “from a longtime enterprise” to amass HQ that had a deadline of tomorrow, however that the potential acquirer “abruptly modified their place.” You may learn the complete observe under:
The HQ Trivia app launched in 2017 and rapidly grew to become an enormous hit partially as a result of novel reside nature of the sport, its actual money prizes, and due to common host Scott Rogowsky. Over time, although, the app slowly began to lose reputation and even its host: Rogowsky introduced final April that he can be leaving to host a baseball present on sports activities streaming service DAZN.
HQ additionally tried a wide range of concepts to maintain customers engaged with HQ Trivia, resembling additional lives for taking part in a number of video games in a row and an in-person occasion with a $10,000 prize. And in 2018, HQ launched a second reside sport, a Wheel of Fortune-style sport referred to as HQ Phrases. But it surely appears the corporate’s efforts weren’t sufficient to maintain customers all for its video games after the novelty wore off.
The corporate was based by two co-founders of Vine, Yusupov and Colin Kroll. Kroll, who was previously HQ’s CEO, died of an unintentional drug overdose in December 2018.