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HQ, win cash from your smartphone

If you remember the TV show, Who wants to be a millionaire, then you will be able to remember that every time we watched the TV show with friends or family we tried our best guesses to come up with the right answers, although someone else was on stage earning the money.

This time, with HQ things are different. You are sharing the sort of Facebook live stage with over thousands of users from around the world, guessing the right answers, having fun, learning new things and even earning money.

At 3 pm and 9 pm Eastern Time, thousands of people get a notification to join and play along with the host Scott Rogowsky, how asks dozens of questions, and for which you have 10 seconds to answer. If you answer wrong, you can still continue to comment and see what others are doing. If you guess right, you win and share the prize money through Paypal with other users. Sometimes the price pool goes up to $2,500.

The app has been launched by the founders of Vine, a short-form video hosting service where users could share six-second-long looping video clips, which was acquired just a couple of months after its launch June 2012. Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, had left Twitter in 2015,  shortly after which Vine was shut down. The duo launched an app called Hype in 2016, but it didn’t get much of the ground.

With HQ, things seem to be different. When TechCrunch reported about it in mid-October, there were about 3,000 concurrent players, while just last night there were more than 35,000 players competing in real-time about an award of $250, which tonight is expected to be $2,500.

The userbase is continuing to grow and there’s quite a lot of excitement when you join one of the quizzes, with thousands of commenters and players competing for the jackpot. Now besides your rank and balance, you can also submit trivia questions and help make the app better. Check it out on iOS, while an Android app is still under development.