In the fall, HQ Trivia launched on iOS and took the world by storm, but Android users were left out. Finally, the app is now available on the Google Play Store in its Early Access section, meaning the app is unfinished and probably buggy.
It is definitely that. HQ has always dealt with technical and rollout issues since launch, often unable to handle the amount of players that participate in its short bursts of trivia, which are done at specific times with a live host in a studio asking the questions and responding to the often-volatile chat.
Thus far, the game has been the definition of a cult hit, despite the fact that there are many questions about the app’s sustainability. From the people behind the app being kind of terrible and trying to keep fan favorite host Scott Rogowsky down, to the fact that winners of the app receive their cash payout via Paypal with no tax forms or anything else like that.
It’s a live game show that takes place every day at 9 p.m. ET, with games also at 3 p.m. ET on weekdays. There was a special edition just before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Recently, the amount of users trying to participate exceeded one million, but the game was only able to handle around 750,000 users. They have said that they plan on increasing capacity as soon as possible, but it often feels like this whole thing is on the brink of falling apart.
And for many, that’s part of the charm. Pretty scummy co-founders aside, the conceit of a live game show with a well-loved host and a massive chat that allows you to say basically whatever you want — for better or for worse — is extremely novel, and it’s great that Android users can now get in on it.
They just need to iron out those bugs.
HQ Trivia is free on Google Play.