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Under Armour launches trivia-style live game for Stephen Curry superfans

Under Armour - Steph IQ
Under Armour – Steph IQ

Under Armour is jumping in on the popularity of mobile trivia games with Steph IQ, a new gaming app centred around UA ambassador and basketball player Stephen Curry.

To tie in with the fact Curry’s team, the Golden State Warriors, play against the New Orleans Pelicans today (May 3), Under Armour will be challenging Curry fans with an elimination style game to test their knowledge on the Bay Area and Curry’s career achievements.

“Steph IQ is one of the first ever mobile games triggered by an athlete’s live performance that marries the physical and digital experience of watching a sporting event,” says Jim Mollica, Under Armour’s head of global consumer engagement and digital marketing. “We’re using technology and trends in consumer behavior to elevate the dual screen viewing habits and the way fans tune in and engage with Curry’s performance.”

The gaming experience, which was developed with digital agency Red Interactive, and is reminiscent of those created by HQ Trivia, will be available whenever Curry scores his first three-pointer during any game of the NBA playoffs this season.

Steph IQ will notify the user of a new game within three minutes of the player making his first 3-pointer, which will then present users with eight different multiple choice questions, giving them 10 seconds to answer each. Questions are meant to get harder as the game progresses, challenging users to test not only their Curry knowledge, but NBA history.

In another similarity to HQ Trivia, the game will feature a host, which to further engage with their desired 13-to-18 year old audience is influencer Bdot. Winners who have answered all questions correctly will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance of winning prizes such as the latest colorways for the Under Armour Curry 5 sneakers, as well as $10,000 in UA store credit and playoff tickets.

The app will be available until June 30 and the number of trivia games will depend on how many games the Warriors play in the playoffs. To promote the launch, Under Armour is tapping into Curry’s social channels as well as through NBA, the Warriors and its retail partner Foot Locker.

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HQ Trivia announces sponsored games with Nike and Warner Bros partnerships

HQ Trivia
HQ Trivia

Gameshow app, HQ Trivia, which was founded by former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll and has gained millions of users since launching in August 2017, has announced its first brand partners, Nike and Warner Bros Studios.

The app, which hosts trivia-like shows twice-daily where users can compete to earn money, offers its Gen Z users the chance to participate in gamified experiences that brands are now beginning to leverage.

On Nike’s Air Max Day celebration on March 26, the sportswear brand teamed up with the gaming app to sponsor a surprise bonus round with a $100,000 grand prize. The game also gave away 100 limited edition Nike x HQ Trivia Air Max shoes to lucky participants.

HQ Trivia x Nike Air Max
HQ Trivia x Nike Air Max

Meanwhile, according to AdAge, the Warner Bros deal is worth $3m and is set to promote three films, starting with Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. Launching on Wednesday (March 28), the app will host a $250,000 game featuring questions related to the film.

By creating a 21st century version of traditional TV gameshows such as “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”, HQ Trivia is playing on many aspects of how younger consumers engage digitally, such as constantly seeking new, one-off experiences that challenge them and give them a sense of having to ‘work for it’.

The app itself, however, only comes to life twice a day and for 13 minutes at a time, which is the length of a game show. It’s the perfect example of digestible yet scheduled programming – the opposite to the on-demand economy we’ll all become accustomed. It’s guaranteed at a specific moment in time, offering the same level of predictability that traditional TV used to. Shows are hosted live – often with guest hosts which have included Jimmy Kimmel – at 3pm and 9pm ET.

Prior to the sponsorship deals, its largest jackpot to date had been $50,000, and its record high for players in one game neared 2.2 million during this year’s 90th Academy Awards on March 4.