Pub Champions Trivia League Official Rules

Overview

The Pub Champions Trivia League lets your team compete for trivia supremacy and a share of $100,000 in cash prizes each year. Once you're registered (it's free to sign up!), write your league ID number on your game sign-up sheet each time that you play and provide it to your trivia host. Your score will be tracked, as simple as that!

Each regular trivia season is 21 weeks. During those 21 weeks of play, each team's best 12 scores will be counted. The team at each venue that had the 12 best scores during those 21 weeks earns that show's Sporcle trophy, is crowned that venue's champion and gets first crack at competing for cash at State Championships.

Scores are defined as any points earned during a night of Sporcle Live. This includes regular round, mystery round, Nerd Points, newsletter questions and final question points (earned or lost).

Season Dates

Winter/Spring 2019

Regular Season RSVPs Begin Semi-Final Games State Championships National Championship
January 7, 2019 - June 2, 2019 June 3, 2019 June 8, 2019 June 15, 2019 April 3, 2020

Summer/Fall 2019

Regular Season RSVPs Begin Semi-Final Games State Championships National Championship
June 17, 2019 - November 10, 2019 November 11, 2019 November 17, 2019 November 24, 2019 April 3, 2020

Prize Pools

Every state that has at least five regularly scheduled weekly Sporcle Live shows at the start of a season is offered a State Championship. Any state that has at least 30 weekly Sporcle Live shows at the start of a season will also have qualifying games called Semi-Final Games. Semi-Finals award cash prizes and act as qualifying events to determine which teams play in the State Championships.

State Pools

StateState League Championship?State League Championship Prize Pool# of Semi-Final GamesPrize Pool per Semi-Final Game
California Yes $500 0 N/A
Colorado No N/A 0 N/A
Florida No N/A 0 N/A
Illinois Yes $3,000 4 $750
Indiana Yes $500 0 N/A
Iowa Yes $2,000 0 N/A
Michigan Yes $5,000 8 $750
Minnesota Yes $3,000 4 $750
New York No N/A 0 N/A
North Carolina No N/A 0 N/A
Ohio Yes $4,000 8 $750
Oregon Yes $1,000 0 N/A
Pennsylvania No N/A 0 N/A
Texas Yes $3,000 4 $750
Virginia No N/A 0 N/A
Washington Yes $3,000 4 $750
Wisconsin Yes $500 0 N/A

Semi-Final Games

Any state that has at least 30 weekly Sporcle Live shows at the start of a season will also have qualifying games called Semi-Final Games. Each of these events awards cash and acts as a qualifying show before the State Championship. The top teams from each Semi-Final game will be invited to compete in the State Championship the following weekend.

The more weekly shows a state has at the start of a season, the more Semi-Final Games it will receive.

Qualified teams are eligible to participate in their choice of any Semi-Final Game, pending space.

All teams have specific days on which they are allowed to RSVP for the event of their choice. See RSVP/qualification rules below.

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State Championships

In the event a state has a State Championship but does not have Semi-Final Games, teams can register directly to the State Championship. In the event a state does not have a State Championship, those teams are welcome to travel to any neighboring state to compete in their Semi-Final game / State Championships under the same qualification rules. A traveling team can only RSVP directly to another state championship if that state they've chosen does not have Semi-Final Games. If the state does have Semi-Final Games, they must compete in those first.

All teams have specific days on which they are allowed to RSVP for the event of their choice. See RSVP/qualification rules below.

RSVP Process

Teams may RSVP for any event they wish as long as there is still space available. If a state has Semi-Final games, teams must RSVP for one of those first and then earn their spot in the State Championships. In states without Semi-Final Games, teams may RSVP directly to the State Championship.

After all shows have been completed on the final day of the regular season (always a Sunday), RSVP's will open at 10am local time the following Monday. Each team will be notified via email as to when they are allowed to RSVP.

Monday RSVP window: Any regular-season venue champion

Tuesday RSVP window: Any regular-season venue champion or team that has played at least fifteen games at any combination of venues throughout the season

Wednesday RSVP window: Any regular-season champion and any team that has played a minimum of eight games at any combination of venues throughout the season.

There is no guarantee that space will be available for events, so RSVP'ing as soon as you're eligible is highly recommended.

National Championship

On April 3rd, 2020 at TriviaCon presented by Sporcle, there will be a National Championship game. Any 2019 state champion (from any of the two seasons) is eligible to participate. There will be 32 teams and the format will work the same as a normal Championship event. In the event all 32 spots are not filled by state champions, the remaining spots (wildcards) will be awarded based on total points earned in 2019 at Sporcle Live shows. Those wildcard invites will be given three weeks in advance of the event and will only be given to teams that have registered for Trivia Con at that point. There is a minimum $10,000 prize pool for this event. This event has no bearing on the rest of Trivia Con and teams can choose to play in both this and the Main Event on Saturday night.

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