HQ Trivia collapses and ends in live video drunken rant

The future of TV broadcasting HQ Trivia goes bust as backers pull out

The so-called future of TV broadcasting HQ Trivia set up in 2018 has gone to the wall firing its high profile presenters and 25 staff when funds ran out.

Two years ago presenter Sharon Carpenter told the BBC that the live TV app was: "the future of television - it's the future of broadcasting. It's the same reason people love live TV, but this you can take wherever you are. You never know how the game is going to end up - and I think because of that there is this element of the fear of missing out."

The BBC reported this week: “HQ Trivia has gone bankrupt and shut down, its presenters drinking and swearing during its last live broadcast. The final game's prize was just $5 (£3.83) - and that came out of the pocket of host Matt Richards. That prize was split by 523 viewers. It's a far cry from the app's heyday, when prizes could reach $300,000 (£214,000) and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was a guest presenter on the 15-minute show. HQ Trivia was free to download and free to play. A live presenter would ask 12 multiple choice questions and anyone who answered them all correctly would win part of the game's prize fund. A live chat ran during the game, and presenters read out messages from players during the live daily broadcasts.”

The video show was aired in the evenings from New York and featured various versions including sport and music funded by backers such as Warner Brothers who had their products promoted on the show.

Presenters Matt Richards and Anna Roisman drank during the final broadcast allowing their feelings to spill out in colourful language as the future of broadcasting shut down.

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