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One Billion and Counting

One Billion Is Coming

After six years, hundreds of thousands of quizzes, and tons of fabulous users, we’re rapidly approaching the ONE BILLION play mark on Sporcle.com.

Milestones this big don’t happen very often, and we want you to join us as we count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the big moment. Check the Sporcle homepage to watch the play count rise in real time.  And even better, contribute to those growing numbers by participating in the Billion Play Contests.

Since we don’t know when ONE BILLION will hit, we’ll keep rolling out new contests and fun activities throughout the run. Keep up by checking this blogpost for new updates.

 

THE CONTESTS:

The One Billionth Game Play Sweepstakes

Do you have what it takes to be the one billionth quiz player?

Fortune favors the diligent, but when it comes down to it, there’s only one billionth play. Be the user with the one billionth game play on Sporcle, and you could win an Apple iPad Mini.

How to enter:
1. Register and verify a free account on Sporcle
2. Play the one billionth game!
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The Kyrgyzstan Contest

If you’ve spent any amount of time on Sporcle, you’ll know how special Kyrgyzstan is to us. In honor of the billionth play, we’ve created a Bishkek or Bust Badge! Earn this badge on Sporcle, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a ginormous map and flag of Kyrgyzstan. Only users who earn the badge during the billion play run will be eligible.*

How to enter:
1. Register and verify a free account on Sporcle
2. Earn the Bishkek or Bust badge from the time of its release till Sporcle hits one billion plays!

*There will be no back-filling for this badge.

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The Favorite Sporcle Quiz Sweepstakes

We want to know, out of all the hundreds and thousands of Sporcle quizzes, which one’s your favorite? It can be contributed or verified, laughingly easy or impossibly hard.

The Prize: The winner will receive a Sporcle Gift Pack, made up of exclusive Sporcle merchandise.

How to enter:
1. Post your selection, along with the link, in the comment section of the Favorite Sporcle Quiz Contest blog post. On the day we hit ONE BILLION, one user will be randomly selected as the winner.
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The Billion Play Quiz Contest

We know how much you like to make quizzes, especially when the prize is a homepage feature!

How to enter:  

  1. Create a new quiz that connects to the theme ‘One Billion’
  2. Contribute your quiz, make sure it’s public, and give it the tag ‘One Billion’
  3. Compete in the contest by posting a link to your quiz in the comment section of the One Billion Quiz Contest blog post. On Friday, Sporcle admin will select the winner.

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The Important Moments in History Photoshop Contest

As Sporcle approaches the ONE BILLION play mark, we’re reminded us of all the other important moments in history. What if Sporcle was there when Martin Luther King Jr made his ‘I have a dream’ speech, when the Berlin wall came down, or when the Greeks sent their wooden horse into Troy?

The Prize: The winning entry will be featured as the Sporcle Facebook page cover

How to enter:  

  1. Create an image that includes the Sporcle logo and connects to the contest theme
  2. Paste your entry in the comment section of the One Billion Photoshop Contest blog post
  3. Use this source image to get started (or this one, if you’re just thinking about just using the globe.)
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Rules & Conditions (One Billion):
1.    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
2.    Promotion open to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, 13 or older (or of majority in entrant’s state), and ends once the billionth game at www.sporcle.com(“Game”) is played.
3.    The One Billionth Game is considered played when either a registered and verified  logged-in website entrant plays the One Billionth Game to completion, or Sponsor receives an alternative e-mail entry after the 999,999,999th Game has been played, whichever occurs first.
4.    See the Official Rules (“Rules”) for more start/end date information.
5.    Prize: One winner will receive a 16GB Apple iPad Mini (approx. retail value $329.00)
6.    Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.
7.    To enter by playing a Game or e-mail, follow the directions in Section 7 of the Rules.
8.    Void where prohibited. Promotion subject to Official Rules, so see www.sporcle.com/blog for full details.
9.    Sponsor: Sporcle, Inc., 124 NW Canal Street Suite #1, Seattle, WA 98107.

Rules & Conditions (Other Contests):
1.    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
2.    Promotion open to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, 13 or older (or of majority in entrant’s state).
3.    See the Official Rules (“Rules”) for more start/end date information.
4.    Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.
5.    To enter by playing a Game or e-mail, follow the directions in Section 7 of the Rules.
6.    Void where prohibited. Promotion subject to Official Rules, so see www.sporcle.com/blog for full details.
7.    Sponsor: Sporcle, Inc., 124 NW Canal Street Suite #1, Seattle, WA 98107.

38 Comments on One Billion and Counting

  1. I am just wanting to make sure I am entered in the contest for the ginormous Kyrgyzstan map. I am a mapaholic and would absolutely love to add to my map room a huge map of Kyrgyzstan. I have just become the 140th person to earn the “Bishkek or Bust” badge and am basically begging for that map. Thank you for being the most awesome website in the world. I literally spend about 3 hours a day playing around here.

  2. It’s only open to US citizens? Wish I’d read that before I did 25 Kyrgyzstan quizzes :(

  3. So if we continue on at this current pace, we have what 8 days and some hours to go?!?

  4. Gutted I’m not from USA right now!! got the badge but no map for me because I’m Irish :(

  5. “So why do you have a ginormous map of—what country is that?”
    “Well, there’s this quiz website, see…”

  6. US only isn’t very good for an international website like Sporcle… I can kind of understand the iPad thing, but how much can it really cost to send a map of Kyrgyzstan to another country? And let’s face it, that’s what we’re all really playing for!

  7. Adding my disappointment to the US centricness of the competition! For an international website very poor :-(

    I assume us non-Americans have contributed to those 1 billion plays!

  8. Again with a boo for US residents only. We non-Americans put up with your crappy ads as well, just because we love the site. There are a lot of us who have been very loyal to your site, and this just smells like a turd wafting in our direction.

  9. For everyone complaining about the US-only rules, it’s only fair to point out that there are significant legal and logistical reasons why US companies usually don’t, and sometimes even can’t, offer prizes outside the US, often even outside the contiguous 48.

    Has nothing to do with Sporcle not respecting or appreciating non-US members.

    • Your legal considerations are probably correct. But there is something to be said for good public relations, and setting up a “celebration” with a contest for only a portion of the members here is poor PR. It only leads to a feeling of being left out of the festivities with nothing for them. And it seems to me that non-U.S. residents make up a large portion of the enthusiasts here. This is not a good way to boost a sense of identity with the site.

    • Ryan, could you be more specific. I’ve been under the impression that US-only contests are usually reserved for Americans winners because a)The vast majority of their clientele are American and they don’t generate revenue from outside sources, or b) Because it costs more to send something outside of the country.

  10. I understand why Sporcle will only send the map to people in America, but it is unfortunate. Maybe I’ll just buy one for myself

  11. What happens if the one billionth game is played by a non-American citizen? no one gets an ipad

  12. By playing the 1 billionth game, what exactly do you mean? Does it count if the game is given up? Does it count of it is the 1 billionth game at the point you start it or end it? Does it have to be finished?

  13. Phillip:

    “One Billionth Game is considered played when either a registered and verified logged-in website entrant plays the One Billionth Game to completion, or Sponsor receives an alternative e-mail entry after the 999,999,999th Game has been played, whichever occurs first.”

    From what I gather from this section, the game will register as having been played once it is ended- either by giving up, completing, or running out of time. I don’t think you have to get 100% to win the contest, and I don’t think it counts as soon as the game starts, but instead whenever the game finishes.

  14. Maybe the prize should go to the one billionth game played by a US citizen. I’d like to retract my thousands of games from the official count.

  15. According to Alexa, 39% of all connections to Sporcle.com do not come from the USA. So basically, this competition is saying “You may give us ad revenue, but you’re foreigners. If you were to win, we’ll give your prize to US citizens instead.”

    Okay, I’m being a bit melodramatic. But you done goofed, sporcle. Hurray for adblockers.

  16. Dear Sporcle,

    You spelled “favorite” incorrectly:

    How to enter:
    1. Post your selection, along with the link, in the comment section of the Favirote Sporcle Quiz Contest blog post. On the day we hit ONE BILLION, one user will be randomly selected as the winner.

  17. Hmmm. Thousands of people, all trying to end a quiz at the same moment. Sounds like a recipe for crashing the site. The tricky question in playing for the billionth quiz is just how early do you hit the last key stroke to finish that quiz? The counter will be running a little behind, and the pace will pick up tremendously in the last few seconds.