In the last few years, online gamers have seen a meteoric rise and continue to grow steadily. This growth can be attributed to the pandemic, as people turned to online gaming to connect with others. In an article published by the World Economic Forum, the global gaming industry is expected to earn around $300 billion, with casual games driving 76% of the revenue.

Source: World Economic Forum

Trivia games with cash prizes have been around for years. Remember watching “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader”, thinking to ourselves, “Am I smarter than a fifth grader?” With millions of nightly viewers, developers took advantage of the opportunity to bring trivia gaming online.

Online trivia games were designed to bring the excitement of quiz shows and pub trivia nights to you at home. Characterized by their Q&A-style gameplay, players earned a reward for every correct answer. Besides testing knowledge on a specific subject, they also encourage friendly competition. Moreover, players were given a chance to make money with online trivia gaming.

Touted as the future of television broadcasting, the game allowed players to compete in real-time trivia games for cash prizes. In its heyday, the game had an estimated 2.3 million players online simultaneously competing for prizes of up to $300,000. However, two years later, HQ Trivia was dealing with a diminishing player base and bankruptcy that had investors running to the hills.

Something similar happened with QuizUp, a mobile trivia app. In 2021, the game was discontinued, as developers could not find a way to monetize the game properly. There is a demand for online trivia gaming, but delivering to consumers has been a challenge.


As we can see, some online trivia games produce great success initially but fail to maintain momentum. Here, we list some drawbacks of online trivia games that may be to blame for their short lifespans.

·         Striking the right balance between winning and losing

Finding the right balance for the success of a trivia game is tough, and trying to keep the player coming back for more is tougher. The player will lose interest if the questions are too obscure or difficult. However, try to make the questions too easy, and the game won’t be challenging enough to keep them engaged.

·         Tied down by the crypto market

Some trivia games have now evolved to include cryptocurrency as a rewards system. The player can earn crypto with every correct answer. Imagine playing a video game to earn Bitcoin or Ethereum that you can use for in-game purchases. It sounds like a great deal, but it has a severe downside.

The main drawback of blockchain in online games is that the system, though highly effective, is not optimized for online gamers. What players can purchase depends entirely on how much crypto they can earn and its value in the volatile cryptocurrency market. According to Forbes, players must spend hours in-game to earn enough crypto to purchase a decent upgrade.

Moreover, this form of in-game economy is not sustainable, as it’s driven by player engagement, making gameplay key to the game’s success. This dependency is especially unfavorable for trivia games, as their gameplay is not suited for continuous employment. The game may have multiple topics, but the player will only engage in issues that pique their interest.

·         Sharing the success is essential for continued engagement.

The most appealing element of trivia games has always been the social aspect. Pub trivia was never all about winning; it was about succeeding with your friends and creating an atmosphere of friendly competition among players. This also helps nurture an environment where knowledge is shared and celebrated as a group.

Online trivia gaming hits the nail on the head regarding competitiveness but still falls behind on the social aspect. Yes, the player can brag about their success on social media, but they can’t do the same with players in-game. Without the social part, players miss out on interacting with a group of people who would celebrate their success with them.

·         A lack of genuine excitement

Let’s be honest. Solo trivia games are not as exciting as action-adventure or first-person shooter games. Calling a few friends over and having a fun trivia game night over drinks sounds way more exciting than sitting alone in your room playing trivia games online.

Online trivia gaming has not been able to sustainably generate this kind of excitement and community—something other genres of games have been doing for years. So how can trivia games, a niche genre, appeal to a larger audience worldwide?

The Future of Online Trivia Gaming with SuperOne

SuperOne is set to introduce the world to a new way of trivia gaming—a trivia metaverse based on the biggest sporting and entertainment fandoms around the globe.

Entering a realm of endless possibilities, fans will engage in a Tinder-style trivia game that will keep the player swiping left and right. They’ll be able to choose from multiple tournament modes and test their mettle against other players from around the globe. They will compete to earn tradeable NFT to enhance their gaming experience, cash prizes, and real-world experiences. Finally, players will have a sustainable way to make money with online trivia gaming.

Fans will power this online economy. A billion potential questions give online gamers a billion chances to swipe to earn. Players can trade these unique tokens with other players to strengthen their NFT arsenal.

Starting with the Qatar FIFA World Cup this November, SuperOne plans to bring fame, fortune, and friendships to every fan ready to leap. The metaverse will grow to include sports fandoms like the NFL, IPL, MLS, etc.

And we won’t stop there! We want every fandom to be a part of the SuperOne metaverse. We will grow to include various topics like movies, music, cars, education, politics, history, and more. Our community of fans will grow to power the metaverse as they swipe to earn the one-of-a-kind NFTs dedicated to their fandom.


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