Some things come into their own and get better with time. Massively successful brands like Apple, Reddit, and Airbnb didn’t sprout overnight despite what we think. It took each of these companies many years to gain followers, build a brand name, or break even on their investments.
Other enterprises, like TV shows, game apps, and YouTube influencers, only seem to get worse with time. Trivia apps like HQ Trivia and QuizUp either lost their followers or completely ceased to exist. Lately, it seems as though Trivia Crack is getting closer to joining them in the grave.
More and more players come out with strong arguments reasoning that Trivia Crack is rigged. Some people mention that they never get the type of reward they want, even after answering many questions and spending hours on the app. Others say they feel like they’re playing against bots, which is very demotivating.
In this article, we will look at all the arguments pointing to Trivia Crack being rigged, as well as some counterarguments worth mentioning and exploring.
Why Do People Think Trivia Crack Is Rigged?
There are several reasons why people seem to believe that the game is rigged. Here are some of them:
“We’re playing against bots”
The first one that most players have experienced is—the feeling of playing against bots. This was something that led to the rapid demise of HQ Trivia. A big part of playing online games is the community you join or build, whether a group of people you already know or a new group that welcomes you. Trivia Crack openly promises that community but, at times, fails to deliver.
The most convincing reason players have produced is that when they play against a random opponent, they always get to answer first. Further evidence convinces everyone, like a generic profile picture and only having the two cards every player gets when they download Trivia Crack. Seasonal events like Xmas rush have contributed to these speculations.
Let’s take a closer look at the first three factors mentioned above. It is possible to set up the game so that you will always get to answer “first.” The truth is you don’t know what’s going on in your opponent’s phone. It could take your opponent longer to load the question or join the game. Though seemingly trivial, the topic of internet connection is an important factor in how games are played online.
If you look at any app, the number of downloads will be significantly higher than the number of active users. In 2021, the developers shared that they reached over 600 million downloads and 150 million annual active users. That is a 6 to 1.5 ratio. What are the odds that your opponent is one of those 600 million people who simply downloaded the app to play once and never again? 6 to 1.5. As you get deeper into the game, you will be met with more challenging questions and opponents that will measure up to you. In the beginning, the game is a lot less fun.
“The game rewards cheaters”
A more serious reason for believing that Trivia Crack is rigged is much harder to disprove. Going through this chat, I’ve found that many people believe their opponents have cheated. Many have said that they suspect their opponents have cheated because they gained a high number of coins in a very short time.
That is entirely possible. In fact, you can find articles online detailing all the different ways you can cheat the game and win more coins quicker. You can also spend a ton of money on power-ups and have them do the heavy lifting for you. When you virtually can’t get a question wrong, you will become Trivia Crack-rich in no time.
In this situation, the question is—what exactly does it mean that the game is rigged? Let’s say players have found many ways to cheat the game. That’s very possible. Unfortunately, there is not much the developers of the game can do to prevent that. Even the legal system has flaws, and things slip through the cracks. Is it fair to expect a phone app to detect fraud perfectly?
Some players have such an easy time racking up points because they’re using power-ups. Power-ups are not free; you have to spend real money in exchange for the ability to bend the rules a little bit. Those who care a lot about their virtual wins don’t hesitate to reach for their wallet in times of need. That is a reasonable explanation as to why some players can get good so quickly.
You can’t exactly call that cheating, as it doesn’t break the rules of the game and is available to any player. Each player starts with a couple of free power-ups they can test. Frankly, putting money into a virtual game that brings no return sucks. However, those who choose to do so care about getting high scores. It is no wonder they do go on to succeed in Trivia Crack.
“I’ve been scammed out of my money”
Most people would expect a certain outcome after spending money on something. For instance, if you pay for the ad-free version of Trivia Crack, you expect not to get any ads moving forward. That’s what user Missmitchy1 expected too. Much like many other users, she was surprised when Trivia Crack did not deliver on that promise. Other people have complained about losing all their coins and the unlimited lives they paid for overnight. People have never gotten a reasonable reward after answering their daily questions.
The developers of the game tried to respond to some of the comments. It’s unclear whether these matters were ever dealt with, or the players just gave up. Either way, losing something you paid for or worked hard to achieve is unfortunate. It is understandable why players would easily believe that they were being scammed.
This situation is most likely caused by bugs in the app and Etermax’s inability to deal with all the queries at once. This is hardly a conspiracy.
Why Trivia Crack Is Not Rigged
After exploring all the issues that bother players, I must admit that they all sound very plausible. It is entirely possible that the game pins you against bots and lets cheaters win. The question is, why would the developers create an elaborate scheme to trick their dedicated players into a game like that? What would be the benefit of “rigging” the game in that sense?
It is no secret that Trivia Crack, a game that was once free of all ads, now needs revenue to run. The developers have implemented ads and an ad-free version that costs money. While the message of trivia fun for all remains the same, the company has become very profit oriented. Other ways of making a profit have been introduced, like the pet feature, card machines, and more.
If people could play and win without power-ups, there would be no incentive to buy them. It is undeniable that Trivia Crack is pushing power-ups and other in-app purchases onto us like never before. It does, therefore, make sense that players who use power-ups will be rewarded with higher scores and coins, while players who bring the app no direct revenue—won’t.
That might sound harsh, but there is no other explanation. Trivia Crack favors those who pay for the game in one way or another. This pricing model is very logical for a for-profit organization. That doesn’t mean the game is rigged in the traditional sense of the word, but it’s unpleasant.
Why People Are Mad
Trivia Crack is an undoubted success on the part of the developers. They managed to build a platform that would involve millions of players and provide an interactive environment for trivia lovers. But we all know that a big reason for the success is the questions. To be more specific, it is the fact that questions never repeat. There truly is an endless supply of trivia questions in the app. Who does Trivia Crack owe that to?
In the case of Trivia Crack, it is the players that made the game worth playing. The idea was good to begin with, but it would have never worked if there wasn’t a constant flow of user-generated questions. Kudos to the developers, but the players that contribute questions also deserve some credit.
Those players made the platform so good. They allowed Trivia Crack to grow and prosper. The players that have been with the app the longest are the angriest now. They were here when the app was good to them, and now they get to see the app slowly turning away from them just because they don’t want to spend money on power-ups, gems, and coins.
It’s not hard to understand their point of view. They allowed Trivia Crack to get to where it is today, and they’re not being rewarded for it. Quite the opposite—they’re being pushed out. It’s normal to blame the app because it’s rigged and say that you’re playing against bots… It wouldn’t make any sense to say that it is your fault that you’re losing. In fact, it really isn’t! When you keep playing and getting better but are not being adequately rewarded, you want to blame someone for your misfortune.
It is normal to blame the game developers for not letting you win. In fact, you’re probably right about the game prioritizing paying members. Plus, you cannot blame yourself for something entirely out of your control.
Trivia Crack may not seem fair at times. If you feel like you’ve been personally victimized by Trivia Crack, your feelings are valid. However, it’s important to note that the developers of the game have no intention of treating you worse than your opponents or letting them win even when the win is lawfully yours. In the end, it all comes down to money—the main incentive for game developers. In other words, you really do have to pay to play. And, if you don’t, then focus on enjoying the game.
If there’s anything you can take away from this article, it’s that you shouldn’t take the game too seriously. Maybe winning games and racking up points is not as easy as we thought. Players that purchase power-ups do get an advantage over those who don’t. That’s the whole point of power-ups! Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get as many points as the players who pay for them. Play the game if you enjoy it, and delete the app if it doesn’t make you feel good!