HQ Trivia’s app retailer rating has continued to sink the previous three months, nevertheless it’s hoping a brand new model in your tv might revitalize progress. HQ in the present day launched an Apple TV app that lets customers play the twice-daily live quiz game alongside iOS Android gamers. “Everything about the game is still the same – same questions, same time, same rules” says a spokesperson, besides you’ll play with the Apple TV distant as an alternative of their telephone’s display. But that may not be sufficient to get HQ’s participant depend quickly rising once more.
According to App Annie’s app store ranking history, on iOS HQ has fallen from the #1 US Trivia sport to #10, from the #44 sport to #196, and from the #151 general app to #585. It’s exhibited an identical decline on Android. Analytics agency Sensor Tower estimates HQ has seen 12.5 million lifetime installs by distinctive customers, with abou 68% on iOS. “Installs have been on the decline. For last month, we estimate them with about 560K, which is down from their height of more than two million per month back in February” Sensor Tower’s head of cell insights Randy Nelson tells TechCrunch.
The query is whether or not that is only a summer season lull as folks spend time outdoors and college students aren’t locked within the schedule of college, or if HQ is in a downward spiral past seasonal fluctuations. But if we zoom out, you’ll be able to see that HQ has been in dropping down the charts by means of the varsity yr since peaking in January. At one level it climbed as excessive because the #three sport and #6 general app. The app’s report excessive of concurrent gamers has additionally declined from a peak of two.38 million in late March.
Meanwhile, new clones hold popping up. After the preliminary wave of Chinese dwell trivia apps, now US tv studios are stepping into the combination. This week Fox unveiled ‘FN Genius’ which appears and works nearly precisely that very same as HQ. One of HQ’s long-time rivals Trivia Crack the place customers play asynchronously over the course of days, additionally declined earlier this yr however has bucked HQ’s development and began rising on the App Store charts once more. There are additionally new 1-on-1 trivia games like ProveIt that let players bet real money on whether or not they can outsmart their opponent.
With themed video games, movie star hosts, large jackpots like a current $400,000 prize, and new options like the power to see pals’ solutions, HQ has tried to maintain its app novel. But it’s additionally encountered cheaters and folks taking part in with a number of telephones that make regular gamers really feel like they’ll by no means win. While the dwell side provides urgency, it might additionally really feel interruptive with time as customers aren’t at all times obtainable for its midday and 6pm pacific video games. HQ could must launch a second sport app, provide you with some new viral hooks, or discover methods to revive lapsed gamers if it’s going to make good on the $15 million its parent company raised in March.