After reportedly laying off 20% of its staff amid dwindling downloads, HQ Trivia is about to try something new

Business Insider | 7/5/2019 | Kevin Webb
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HQ Trivia has reportedly laid off about 20% of its staff, leaving the live game show startup with less than 30 employees.

Downloads of the HQ Trivia app were down 92% in June when compared to last year, according to data analyst firm SensorTower.

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HQ will test a new subscription-based model for HQ Words, a spin-off game resembling "Wheel of Fortune." A tweet from HQ Words said the subscription will cost $10 per month but will offer daily prizes for members.

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HQ Trivia has had a rough 2019. The live game show startup has struggled to recover from the loss of co-founder and CEO Colin Kroll, who died unexpectedly in December 2018.

In April, about half of HQ Trivia's 35 employees signed a letter asking the company's board to remove co-founder Rus Yusupov as CEO, the second time the request was made. Longtime host Scott "Quiz Daddy" Rogowsky also left HQ Trivia in April.

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Now Tech Crunch reports that HQ Trivia has laid off about 20% of its staff, leaving the company with less than 30 employees. Business Insider has reached out to HQ Trivia in an attempt to confirm the layoffs.

Meanwhile, monthly downloads of the...
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