HQ is the biggest gameshow you’ve probably never heard of. It’s not on TV and your Gran probably doesn’t play along with this one – but just last night, over 800k people tuned in to play the game via the smartphone app. Oh, and you can stand to win a share of a prize fund that can fluctuate between $2,500 and $10,000 smackeroonies. You need to get on this.
The app launched in the US last year, and recently allowed UK users to play along too. It presents a straightforward trivia quiz twice a day, at 8pm and 2am, with question topics ranging from general knowledge to entertainment. There are 12 multiple choice questions and you’ve got to get all of them correct to bag a share of the prize money. Gotta be quick, though, as each question has a 10-second countdown and if you get one wrong, you’re out. Pretty simple really.
The part that makes it feel all Black Mirror is there’s a live host there, interacting with the people commenting and complimenting the right answers. The host, internet prankster Scott Rogowsky, is both a welcoming and haunting character – but you become acutely aware that you may just be a part of a big social experiment. This is our 15 Million Merits, isn’t it?