Check out The free app that gives away thousands of pounds.

For many, the answer is the popular quiz show app HQ Trivia. The game came to the UK in early 2018 after being released in the US the year before.

The free app live-streams 15-minute quiz shows throughout the week to millions of viewers, with a pot of money available to split between winners.

People have taken home anything from £1.63 here in the UK to $50,000 (£36,000) in the US. The biggest UK winner so far received £8,000.

The game recently gave away its biggest jackpot – $300,000 (£214,000) – to 83 winners, with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as a guest presenter.

Answer 12 trivia-based questions correctly by tapping the answers on your phone and (a share of) the money is yours.

Sharon Carpenter, the presenter for the UK edition of the app, says the live element is a key reason.

“First of all you’ve got this live component where anything can happen,” Sharon told Newsbeat.

Sharon, who also reports for The Wendy Williams Show in the US, thinks HQ Trivia is “the future of television – it’s the future of broadcasting”.

The quiz show has been guest-hosted by some big names over the past year, from the likes of TV host Jimmy Kimmel to Bert from Sesame Street.

The app was created by the co-founders of now-defunct video sharing app Vine, Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupov.

“We thought if you could up the levels of production and broadcast directly to people’s phones – and make that content more interactive and more social – that we could actually turn this into something we could use daily.”

Even though HQ Trivia gives away money, it is free to play and does not run traditional ads.

It has given away prizes in partnership with companies such as Nike and Warner Bros though, which could be a potential revenue generator in future.

HQ is funded by investors and by its parent company, Intermedia Labs.


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