Sporcle 2021 Year in Review

(Last Updated On: January 10, 2022)

Congrats folks, we did it. We made it through 2021. Last year we saw the capital stormed, had supply chains falter, the Taliban returned to power and lost Betty White. BUT we also had some amazing events as well. We fully vaccinated half the human race, the Ever Given was freed from the Suez Canal, we got closer to eradicating Malaria, Bitcoin hit new highs and we saw more trivia played than ever before on Sporcle!

Sporcle launched two successful quests, served 36% less ads than the year before, added a spiffy new videos section, updated Sporcle Events team pages, launched Trivia Hunt, revamped our Private Events pages, crossed 4 billion plays, added badge levels, invested more in making Sporcle ADA compliant, and lots and lots and lots of quality of life improvements on the site.

We have the big redesign on the horizon, a new Sporcle flagship app, more quests, Sporcle Orange features, and so much more coming in 2022. It’s gonna be a crazy year ahead.

But for now, let’s reflect on the year that was. Here is inside look at some data on quiz play, site usage, badge earning, publishes, events, and more. Welcome to the 2021 Sporcle’s Year in Review! Oh and we also have our annual quiz year in review, so check that out as well.

Sporcle 2021 Year in Review Digital Stats:

  • 291,301 quizzes created (320k quizzes created last year)
  • 5,322 quizzes published (5,014 quizzes published last year)
  • 796 unique users published (582 unique users published last year)
  • 277 users who got their first publish in 2021 (167 users got their first publish last year)
  • 456,791,385 quizzes played (488,778,249 quizzes played last year)
  • 3,683,374 showdowns played (3,442,458 showdowns played last year)
  • 9,641,657 challenges completed (7,966,503 challenges completed last year)
  • 545,435 comments made (546,474 comments made last year)
  • 8,311,989 badges earned (7,546,584 badges earned last year)

Sporcle Pub Trivia 2021 Stats:

In Person Trivia

  • 514 hosts hosted games in 27 states at 424 partnered venues.
  • Teams played 10,942 games of Sporcle Live (including Stump!) and 656 games of OpinioNation.
  • Three states led in number of games played:
    • Ohio – 2,564 games
    • Michigan – 2,559 games
    • Massachusetts – 2,167 games

Virtual Trivia

  • 17,014 Live trivia events hosted
  • 10,779,759 Zoom minutes spent in virtual trivia
  • 662 staff members who hosted trivia

If you wanna get a deeper dive on our Events in 2021, check out 2021 Sporcle Events by the Stats


And now here is a closer look at some of the nitty gritty stats for the year.

Quizzes Created by Type in 2021:

  • Classic – 160,267
  • Clickable – 44,792
  • Grid – 17,609
  • Multiple Choice – 17,218
  • Slideshow – 16,831
  • Picture Click – 14,405
  • Map – 13,286
  • Picture Box – 6,893

Quizzes Created by Category in 2021:

  • Sports – 64,167
  • Music – 32,348
  • Geography – 24,679
  • Gaming – 17,024
  • Movies – 15,424
  • Just For Fun – 15,185
  • Entertainment – 12,595
  • Television – 11,538
  • Miscellaneous – 11,333
  • Language – 7,619
  • Science – 7,225
  • History – 6,561
  • Literature – 5,551
  • Religion – 2,402
  • Holiday – 1,213

Most Bookmarked Quizzes of 2021:

  1. 968 – Countries of the World
  2. 550 – Flags of the World
  3. 436 – Countries of Europe
  4. 395 – Find the US States – No Outlines Minefield
  5. 391 – US States
  6. 365 – Find the Countries of the World
  7. 331 – Countries of Africa
  8. 316 – Find the US States
  9. 280 – Countries of Asia
  10. 267 – US Presidents

Most Favorited Quizzes of 2021:

  1. 984 – Countries of the World
  2. 430 – Flags of the World
  3. 386 – Countries of Europe
  4. 376 – Find the US States – No Outlines Minefield
  5. 293 – US States
  6. 292 – Find the US States
  7. 278 – Find the Countries of the World
  8. 233 – Countries of Africa
  9. 209 – Countries of Asia
  10. 208 – Find the Countries of Europe – No Outlines Minefield

Most Badges Earned of 2021:

  1. Baby Steps (176,392 earned)
  2. Brussels Sprout Taunter (90,152)
  3. Overdose (80,885)
  4. The Conqueror (68,479)
  5. Power Hour (65,904)
  6. Title Wave (62,779)
  7. Demo Tape (60,458)
  8. Happy Hour (54,684)
  9. Newbie (54,319)
  10. This Belongs in a Museum! (50,425)

Most Published Users* of 2021:

  1. MSUKent (105 publishes)
  2. Flick (103)
  3. Hejman (87)
  4. GeoEarthling (85)
  5. strokes_static (80)
  6. Doctor_Arzt (79)
  7. Barbecue (78)
  8. t_rev19 (68)
  9. Pilgab (66)
  10. timschurz (63)

* Staff members are not included

Most Published Users Who Got Their First Publish in 2021:

  1. garolo (16 publishes)
  2. khake43 (13)
  3. iluvgeo (12)
  4. ylime102 (12)
  5. IrishIguana (11)
  6. CaiustheTall (9)
  7. Horgems (9)
  8. ryan14 (8)
  9. jimbaz (8)
  10. rorriMgnizamA (8)
  11. zonkeda (8)

Most Published Categories of 2021:

  1. Just For Fun (1,670 quizzes published – includes daily doses)
  2. Geography (622)
  3. Movies (505)
  4. Sports (401)
  5. Miscellaneous (305)
  6. History (296)
  7. Music (276)
  8. Television (251)
  9. Literature (199)
  10. Language (197)

Most Published Subcategories* of 2021:

  1. Letter (544 quizzes published)
  2. Country (504)
  3. Movie Titles (441)
  4. TV Show (298)
  5. Song (292)
  6. World (286)
  7. Puzzle (276)
  8. General Knowledge (270)
  9. Movie Characters (266)
  10. Artist (262)

* Doses and functional tags (e.g. Clickable) not included

Most Discussed Quizzes of 2021:

  1. 16 Little 6-Letter Word Pictograms (856 comments)
  2. Under the Radar Puzzle Hunt (198)
  3. Literary London Character Search (160)
  4. Find the Missing Borders (151)
  5. Full English Breakfast (140)
  6. Countries of the World (137)
  7. Animal Homonyms (128)
  8. This Song’s Missing (Something in Parentheses) (95)
  9. US Presidents (83)
  10. Flags of the World (76)
  11. A Magical Scavenger Hunt of Wizarding Britain (76)
  12. Six Word Movie Plots (76)

Most Showdowned Quizzes of 2021:

  1. Iconic 80’s car race (28,918 showdowns)
  2. Countries of the World (22,237)
  3. Find the US States – No Outlines Minefield (17,460)
  4. Find the US States (11,104)
  5. Click Keanu Reeves (9,622)
  6. Keanu Reeves Needs a Job (8,959)
  7. Complete the Conspiracy (8,896)
  8. Flags of the World (8,294)
  9. Countries of Europe (8,215)
  10. US States (7,047)

Most Viewed Blog Posts of 2021:

  1. What Is the Story Behind This Little Piggy?
  2. What is the NATO Alphabet?
  3. What Is the Real Meaning Behind ‘Ring Around the Rosie’?
  4. What Countries Are Transcontinental?
  5. 101 More Interesting Trivia Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
  6. The 23 Best Marvel Trivia Team Names
  7. What Is the Story Behind Jack and Jill?
  8. 24 of the Best Sites to Kill Time On the Internet
  9. What Is the Story Behind London Bridge is Falling Down?
  10. 40 of the Best Quotes from Your Favorite Christmas Songs

Most Viewed Sporcle Videos of 2021:

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Derek Pharr is Vice President of Product at Sporcle and a content creator. He has been a writer and blogger for over a decade. He enjoys writing about everything from history, movies, geography, and literature to science, life hacks, health and trends in sports. Follow Derek on Twitter @dpharr.