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

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




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.
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.
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