We Need Your Help: Supporting Trivia Hosts During Shutdown

(Last Updated On: March 26, 2020)
We Need Your Help: Supporting Trivia Hosts During Shutdown

One of Sporcle’s core values is truth. As a trivia company, this usually means doing the utmost to ensure the facts we present are accurate – researching questions, triple-checking typos, quickly updating quizzes as things change, and so on.

Right now, truth looks a little different for us. We want to be honest with you about the situation here at Sporcle Live, not to add negativity to the world, but to live up to this core value and to ask for help in finding human-forward solutions.

While both Sporcle’s CEO and Founder are foregoing salary, we had to lay off or furlough 33 employees and cut the pay of a number of others, in order to continue operations. We also have over 500 trivia hosts nationwide who are out of work for an uncertain amount of time while bars and restaurants are closed to events. Some of these hosts do trivia as their main gig, some of them use it as a side hustle to support themselves while working critically undervalued jobs like teaching.

Our hearts ache for all of the good people who are affected by this pandemic and the resulting financial crisis – not just Sporcle’s employees, but also the bars, restaurants, and service industry folks who we have partnered with for more than 10 years. Margins are narrow in both of our businesses, so we understand how hard it is to get by in times like these.

We need help. We’d like to utilize all remaining staff’s time in producing something of value for the trivia community, all proceeds of which will go to the employees we cannot provide for at this time. We know money is tight for everyone right now, so we are not asking for any more than you are able to give. If every one of our Facebook followers got themselves a couple question sets to play during quarantine for just $2, we would exceed our goal of $25,000.


Without further ado, here’s how we’d like to keep you mentally stimulated:

Option A: a one-time payment of any amount up to $9

  • One round of Sporcle Live trivia (10 questions, one Mystery Round, one Final Question) in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • One game of Stump! Trivia in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • One game of OpinioNation in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)

Option B: a one-time payment of $10-19

  • Two rounds of Sporcle Live trivia (20 questions, two Mystery Rounds, two Final Questions) in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of Stump! Trivia in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of OpinioNation in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)

Option C: a one-time payment of $20-29

  • Two rounds of Sporcle Live trivia (20 questions, two Mystery Rounds, two Final Questions) in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of Stump! Trivia in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of OpinioNation in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Sporcle Orange for 1 month

Option D: a one-time payment of $30-49

  • Two rounds of Sporcle Live trivia (20 questions, two Mystery Rounds, two Final Questions) in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of Stump! Trivia in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of OpinioNation in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Sporcle Orange for 1 month
  • Daily newsletter with trivia-related content, sent each weekday for as long as we’re not hosting trivia

Option E: a one-time payment of $50-99

  • Two rounds of Sporcle Live trivia (20 questions, two Mystery Rounds, two Final Questions) in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of Stump! Trivia in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of OpinioNation in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Sporcle Orange for 1 month
  • Daily newsletter with trivia-related content, sent each weekday for as long as we’re not hosting trivia
  • Two pairs of Sporcle Live socks and an assortment of Sporcle Live stickers mailed to you

Option F: a one-time payment of $100+

  • Two rounds of Sporcle Live trivia (20 questions, two Mystery Rounds, two Final Questions) in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of Stump! Trivia in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Two games of OpinioNation in .pdf and Slideshow format to use at home, including a .pdf of the game sheet (new questions available each Monday)
  • Sporcle Orange for 1 month
  • Daily newsletter with trivia-related content, sent each weekday for as long as we’re not hosting trivia
  • Two pairs of Sporcle Live socks and an assortment of Sporcle Live stickers mailed to you
  • A ticket to an upcoming themed trivia event of your choosing

A la carte options:

  • “Hints” – $5 per – one extra bonus hint on a night of your choosing once when we resume trivia (limit one per night)
  • “Special Event” – $25 – receive $50 off any Special Event booked in the next calendar year
  • “Best-Of Theme” – $50 per – a “best-of” question set from a combination of prior Sporcle Live and Stump! themed trivia events on the topic of your choosing (pick one of these 5 – The Office, Harry Potter, Friends, Disney, or a “Girls” theme including Golden/Gilmore/Mean)

Additionally, anyone who buys a team ticket for an April or May Weekly Featured Themed Trivia event during this shutdown will get two hints for that event sent to you a few days in advance (not a PayPal option – tickets can be purchased online at sporclelive.com/themenights anytime!).


To support our trivia hosts and receive any of the above options, please send your gift via PayPal to sporcle@gmail.com or Venmo to @Sporcle-Inc with a note in the memo about which option or a la carte item you’d like to receive – or if your contribution is simply a gift.

*Edited for clarity: The first set of questions will be sent on Monday, 3/23 to any donations received for Options A-F before that day. To receive a new set of questions each following Monday, please send a recurring donation.

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