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'HQ Trivia' players are furious following a contested $25,000 game that no one won

Ben Gilbert
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  • "HQ Trivia" players were angry after a rare $25,000 game was won by no one.
  • As the mobile game was wrapping up, the last few players were kicked from the game and accused of violating the game's terms of service.

On Sunday night, as a $25,000 game of "HQ Trivia" came to a close, the winner-to-be was kicked from the game. There was no winner — no happy story of a young teacher suddenly flush with cash.

There was just a relatively bland statement on the "HQ Trivia" Twitter feed soon afterward. "HQ moderators kick players that violate HQ's Terms of Service and Contest Rules. For more information, please refer to our Terms of Service here: https://hqtrivia.com/legal/," the game's account tweeted.

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so this guy Jeric Brual worked his ass thru 26 questions in HQ for the 25k prize and was kicked out seconds before he answers the final question. WTG @hqtrivia@ScottRogowskypic.twitter.com/rMqZpP1mUB

Though "HQ Trivia" reps didn't explain which rules were broken, players on Twitter suggested the winner-to-be was using a "jailbroken" iPhone. Such a device could contain software designed to correctly guess answers.

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HQ Trivia

"HQ Trivia" is a live multiple-choice trivia game that awards players real money. It is usually held twice a day on weekdays and once a night on weekends. Players usually split the prize after 12 questions, but Sunday night's game was different — players were to keep playing until only one person remained, with that person winning the entire prize.

Because nobody won, the prize pool will double to $50,000 next week. "Tonight we did not find The 1," the "HQ Trivia" Twitter account said. "The $25k prize rolls over to next Sunday. That means the winner will get $50,000!"

In a bizarre twist, "HQ Trivia" disappeared from Apple's App Store on Monday morning. (It remained available on Google Play.) Reps for "HQ Trivia" told Mashable that it was removed because of a technical error — it's back on the store.

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