Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Candy Crushed! Trivia Game for Mobiles Set to Grip Londoners

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Candy Crushed! Trivia Game for Mobiles Set to Grip Londoners

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Byline: Mark Blunden Technology Reporter

THE team behind a live-action trivia app that has gripped America hope it will prove a hit among quiz-loving Londoners.

HQ Trivia, which launched for smartphones in Britain last month, asks players multiple-choice general knowledge questions for prize money in two 15-minute games a day.

Prize pots have risen to around PS4,000 in the UK, with players who answer all 12 questions correctly sharing a split, paid via PayPal.

In the style of Candy Crush, they can invite friends to get extra lives.

Users chat with the host via an onscreen comment stream. The UK game is presented by broadcast journalist Sharon Carpenter.

The 10-second answer time is designed to clamp down on players googling solutions, while the app's algorithms have been strengthened to prevent automated "bots" unfairly getting the answers.

An HQ Trivia spokeswoman said they "take cheating very seriously, which means bots and other automated methods of playing are strictly prohibited". …

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