IQ Trivia : A Massive Multiplayer Live Chatbot Social Game

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Trivia games are all the rage right now, and our team loves to play.

Most trivia games require a dedicated mobile app. We thought there should be a more social way to play, so we made @IQTrivia! It’s a real-time trivia game where people from all over the world compete for cash money, IQ score, and prizes from brands. The social aspect is that it is played twice every weekday entirely on Twitter! After all, we’ve been building Twitter chatbots since 2011.

With IQ Trivia, people play simultaneously against others from all over the world. While the trivia questions are written by humans, the rest of the game is run by our chatbot engine, automatically tweeting out questions, collecting answers, responding instantly whether you got it right or wrong, results from all players after each question, and calculating a player’s IQ score.

Here’s a quick graphic explaining how it works if you play on Twitter.

Why A Live Game Show On Social Media?

With IQ Trivia, players dedicate 15 minutes of uninterrupted time and attention to view a branded social media account’s content. Every aspect of the game is branded. Each question, answer, result, and message is dedicated focussed engagement not found anywhere else on social media. The duration of this dedicated attention is typically found only on television. The sponsorship opportunities for brands are extensive. From sponsored questions and results to complete game takeovers — the game can be run from any handle on multiple social platforms.

Challenges

There were many challenges in building a massive multiplayer game on Twitter, not the least of which is how to scale up the application to process questions, track answers, and post results in real-time every 60 seconds so all players, answers, IQ Scores, and totals are synced up.

The most challenging, and rewarding, part of the project was designing the user experience. We wanted a game that was, above all else, easy and fun to play. We designed the game to be very responsive, letting you know in real-time if you got an answer right or wrong, as well as showing you all the other answers people chose, while also being witty and amusing sending direct message responses with random humorous animated gifs. The bot is even a wise ass sometimes.

Other features of the game include ways to earn extra lives, a leaderboard, game stats, and SMS reminder to be alerted when a game is about to start.

Beyond The Cash

Beyond a cash prize, we also provide an extra incentive for people to play — improving their IQ score!

IQ Trivia’s IQ score is a way for players to see and compare their performance against other players. The score is just like an intelligence quotient, based on the number of questions you get right/wrong, as well as how many questions you’ve answered, and is weighted against all other player’s scores. The bot also sends back your game stats along with your score. To check your up to date IQ score and game stats just DM the word IQ.

Join in the fun and play every weekday. You may even win some cash money!