TORONTO —
A well-liked trivia app recognized for its enjoyable environment and huge money prizes has come to the top of the street.

HQ, which was named Time journal’s app of the 12 months months after its 2017 launch, held its last contest Friday evening.

CNN reported Friday that HQ co-founder and CEO Rus Yusupov despatched a company-wide e mail stating that the corporate would instantly “cease operations and move to dissolution” as a result of buyers had been backing out.

Yusupov co-founded HQ with Colin Kroll, who died in 2018 of an obvious drug overdose. In a tweet, Yusupov stated HQ “didn’t get to where we hoped but we did stretch the world’s imagination for what’s possible on our smartphones.”

 

Twenty-five full-time workers of HQ are dropping their jobs because of the firm’s closure. Its most outstanding face, host Scott Rogowsky, left final spring to host a present for Major League Baseball.

Rogowsky tweeted Saturday that he had loved his time at HQ and claimed that the corporate had been “poisoned with a lethal cocktail of incompetence, arrogance, short-sightedness [and] sociopathic delusion.”

According to the Business of Apps web site, HQ Trivia had more than two million customers taking part in without delay on a number of events, together with 2.2 million concurrent customers for a special-edition present hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The firm had been valued at US$100 million as of March 2018. The HQ Trivia recreation itself was free to play; the corporate raised its income by means of promoting and in-app purchases.

Current hosts Matt Richards and Anna Roisman led one last version of HQ Trivia Friday evening, which TechCrunch described as “a beautiful disaster” in which the hosts “cursed, sprayed champagne, threatened to defecate on the homes of trolls in the chat window, and begged for new jobs.” Video of the ultimate present, which accommodates foul language, has been posted to YouTube.

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