Last July, the daily live trivia show, HQ, launched as an app. Players have a chance of winning anywhere from $1,500-$15,000 or more, depending on the game's generosity of the day (although winners split the pot, so that amount can be much less). Twice a day HQ asks 12 trivia questions (sometimes 15) with three multiple choice answers to choose from, and players get knocked out of the game if they click on a wrong answer. When I first started playing a few months ago, there might be 200,000 to 300,000 players at a time. But the game caught on quickly and nowadays HQ fans play with over 1-million others per game.
But that number might start to fall.
Last night Recode reported that HQ is raising $15 million, and that Founders Fund, "the venture firm founded by billionaire Peter Thiel, is expected to lead the round…" After Recode's report came a Twitter backlash, and the hashtag #DeleteHQ was unleashed.
Ashley Feinberg from HuffPost asked people to delete the app.
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 2, 2018
And others chimed in…
— Katie Roscher (@ButtzGalore) February 2, 2018
— Hell Is Empty, And All The Devils Run Тwitter (@kevinsearle7) February 2, 2018
— Ned Kandzor (@amazingzamboni) February 2, 2018
❌ Peter Thiel is now involved
❌ Alleged bad behavior by co-founder towards women
❌ It's not fun anymore anyway
— Tim Baker ⛄️ (@IAmTimBaker) February 2, 2018
This last tweet by Tim is right on when he says it's not fun anymore. With or without Thiel, the game has had too many glitches, such as accidentally kicking off players (like me and everyone I know!) even when I've hit the correct answer, or freezing up so that I am forced to sit out a question, disqualifying me from the game. It's been kinda fun when things have gone smoothly, but I think I, too, will #DeleteHQ.