Mobile trivia app *HQ Trivia* is shutting down, according to [a report from CNN](https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/media/hq-trivia-shut-down/index.html).
The live trivia app, developed by Vine creators Colin Kroll and Rus Yuzupov, was [fairly popular when it launched in 2017](https://www.polygon.com/mobile/2017/10/24/16535626/hq-trivia-game-vine-cofounders), promising players real money for using the app, and answering questions at a specific time twice a day. Users would split $250 among themselves, with earnings then delivered to their PayPal. The app reached a record high in users at 2.38 million on March 28, 2018.
The game [faced a problem with bots](https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/1/16724792/hq-trivia-cheating-bots) and, reportedly, popularity eventually fizzled out. HQ continued to update the app and look for interesting ways to keep trivia heads interested in playing, like *HQ After Dark*, an adult-oriented version of the game. The app was funded by partnerships with big companies like Warner Bros. and Nike, promoting movies for the former and giving away HQ-themed shoes for the latter. However, the company made layoffs in July 2019, after hitting financial troubles.
Even if *HQ Trivia*is gone, we'll remember the weeks when friends would huddle together at 3 p.m. to try to play.