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Intermedia Labs lays off several HQ Trivia staff as download numbers drop

Jeopardy winner Alex Jacobs claims he has not been paid winnings from the show

Intermedia Labs lays off several HQ Trivia staff as download numbers drop

Intermedia Labs has laid off several staff members behind the mobile quiz game HQ Trivia.

As reported by TechCrunch, the firm has reportedly let go nearly 20 per cent of employees. Four sources have confirmed the news, with another stating that six to seven workers have been made redundant.

Those that have lost their jobs, appear to be affected in marketing, product engineering and HR roles, going off personnel LinkedIn profiles.

The layoffs come after HQ Trivia’s numbers have dwindled, with the first half of 2019 being down 92 per cent year-on-year.

Download numbers were reported at 827,000 from January to June compared to the 10.2 million for the previous year.

In Jeopardy

HQ Trivia sees players compete against one another in daily trivia for cash prizes, however since co-founder and CEO Rus Yusupov took over, there have been numerous controversies within the company regarding staff satisfaction.

More recently, Jeopardy winner Alex Jacob claimed via Twitter that he hasn’t received his $20,000 winning since his victory on June 10th, 2019.

In April HQ Trivia show host Scott Rogowsky left the show amid growing troubles and a reportedly sour relationship with the CEO.

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Matthew Forde is the deputy editor at and also a member of the Pocket Gamer Podcast. You can find him on Twitter @MattForde64 talking about stats, data and everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes.