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Sporcle Live Explained

Sporcle Live is our bread & butter pub trivia experience. Pub trivia is a quiz night or a live, hosted trivia experience at a bar, brewery, restaurant, corporate event, fund raiser, barn, flash mob – you get the idea.


So how does this work?

1A Sporcle Live host speaking into a microphone.

Your team registers to play with the host. It’s free and the hosts don’t bite…much.

2Two women watching the host speak.

Play alone or with friends, either way we are not here to judge.

3A screen of example team names.

You pick a team name – make it funny, for example ‘A Trivia Team with a Drinking Problem’ or ‘Trivia Newton John’

4Smiling players holding up money.

We play two games in a night, which is awesome cause it gives you twice the chances to win.

5Two prize gift cards.

Our partnered venues supply gift cards to the top two teams in each game. Gift cards amount vary.


Time tested and mother approved

  • 1 The regular round has ten questions. You’ll be given the categories ahead of time.
  • 2 You must assign a point value of between 1 and 10 for each answer you provide. You can only use each point value one time per game. Your game sheet will have pre-printed point values on it to help you keep track.
  • 3 Teams are given 2-3 minutes to turn in an answer to the Trivia MC. Use of a smart phone, tablet, etc. not allowed unless the host gives explicit permission to do so.
  • 4 After the ten regular questions comes the Mystery Round. This will be four questions, rapid fire style, all following the same theme. Note – the Mystery Round in the second game of the night is always a visual round.
  • 5 After an update on the standings, the final question is read to the teams. Teams can wager up to 20 of the points they had earned to that point on the final question. They must make the wager only knowing the category. After all wagers are in, the Trivia MC will read the question. If a team gets the answer correct, their wager is added to their score.  If it is incorrect, the wager is subtracted from their score. The top teams at the end of this question are awarded the prizes.


Super crazy important stuff... if you like winning

We offer the best pub trivia league in the country. The league is free to join and the winnings are in addition to gift cards your team may win.

We post a clue of the day on all of our Sporcle Live Facebook pages. Find the Facebook page for your particular area by visiting our locations pages.

We ask one extra question in our weekly email newsletter. If you provide the answer, you’ll receive 3 bonus points. You can sign up for our newsletter here.

And if you own or run a bar and are interested in knowing more about Sporcle Live and how it could change your business, see our Pub and Bar Owners page.

Our live trivia game format was built from scratch in 2009 and has evolved to its current form after being played by hundreds of thousands of people.

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