HQ Trivia Has Abruptly Shut Down For Good

Yolanda Curtis
February 17, 2020

"All employees and contractors will be terminated as of today", HQ Trivia's CEO and co-founder Rus Yusupov announced in a company-wide email obtained by Kerry Flynn of CNN Business. Now, the company has announced that it will close and cease all operations.

While the HQ Trivia had raised more than $ 15 million and reached its peak of popularity with more than 2.3 million concurrent players and more than 15 million installations.

HQ's closure puts 25 people out of work and means an end to the daily trivia contests in which thousands of players competed for a share of a cash prize. All employees would be laid off as a part of the process, the email said.

It is said that HQ Trivia no longer exists.

HQ Trivia was totally free to download and install and also totally free to play.

Headquarters laid off its 25 staff, confirmed by a note acquired by CNN reporter Kerry Flynn in which CEO and founder Rus Yusupov claimed a last minute acquisition deal fell through.

In an email obtained by CNN, CEO Rus Yusupov told employees, "Lead investors are no longer willing to fund the company, and so effective today, headquarters will cease operations and move to dissolution".

But, as Business Insider's Julie Bort previously reported, the company was soon plagued with missteps and infighting, and began hemorrhaging users by mid-2018.

For many who missed out, the essential premise of headquarters was that customers would go surfing at particular occasions for a dwell trivia problem hosted by a residing human one who would make jokes and work together with the viewers and gamers. Headquarters had about 15 million installations of all time, with a maximum of 2 million in February 2018, according to the mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower. There was a spike in searches for the app in late 2018, but that was due to the co-founder's death in December. Employees did not take to the leadership of its new CEO, and over half signed a letter asking for the company board to get rid of Yusupov.

Rogowsky, known to his fans as "Quiz Daddy", left headquarters last April to join the sports streaming service DAZN.

HQ Trivia's installs plunged amid the turmoil, from an all-time high of 2 million in February 2018 to just 67,000 by January 2020.

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