If you’re partial to virtual trivia nights, we’re right there with you. By bringing your trivia games online, you can involve friends and family from out of town or reach out to those with stricter social distancing boundaries. Additionally, Zoom trivia is a great bonding tool to help bring together colleagues who are working from home.
When participating in a game on Zoom, you want to find a festive backdrop for the fun activities that are about to take place. Sure, you could find a decent background somewhere around your home, but using another image as a greenscreen during your Zoom meeting is a surefire way to boost morale amongst players and get the party started. These can go great with weird questions for a truly unique experience!
Alternatively, if you’re having an in-person trivia night, any of these backgrounds would look excellent projected onto a screen or wall to serve as a photobooth setting for interested players.
Some of these images feature text in the center of the image—in other words, your head may block the full message from being read. In some cases, you may have to sit off-center or reframe the image so that the text can be read by other meeting participants. Or you can just leave ‘em guessing—they’re sure to catch the gist as you naturally shift positions during the game.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of our 20 favorite backgrounds to use during virtual trivia nights. Whether you’re on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or a number of other virtual meeting platforms, these fun and whimsical backgrounds will help to brighten your meeting and get the party started.
First up on the list, we’ve got five official Jeopardy! Zoom backgrounds. These images are all formatted especially to be used on Zoom, and they were released with trivia fanatics in mind.
The most understated of these images is the galactic Season 37 Jeopardy! background. It features a blue sky speckled with stars and light beams. The word “Jeopardy,” written in the show’s classic 3-D, bubble letter script can be seen in the top right corner, followed by an exclamation point.
If you’d like to show your love for America’s favorite quiz show (or if you’re hosting zoom Jeopardy!) without too much fluff in your Zoom background, this image is perfect for you.
In this photo, you can see the massive Jeopardy! board in all its glory: its well-known title text, its pixelated globe graphic, and its cosmic-style background (similar to the one in the background above). Huge, glowing glass columns surround the board on either side, and you can see the sheen of the studio floor, too. If you’re hosting the trivia night, this background is a must.
Somewhat obviously, this is a great choice for playing your own Jeopardy! game on Zoom, but you can use it for any trivia quiz game to lighten the mood and boost player engagement.
Ever wondered where the audience sits to watch Jeopardy! being filmed live in the studio? You’re in luck: this photo shows the (relatively unassuming) seats in the house of Jeopardy!’s soundstage. Theater seating and metal railings can be seen, as well as a huge sign reading “JEOPARDY!” in the show’s beloved bubble font.
This is a fun background for a meeting participant who’s choosing to watch the trivia game ensue instead of playing themselves. They can roleplay being a Jeopardy! spectator as they enjoy the exciting game that’s taking place, all from the comfort of their home.
This photo shows a different angle of the fabled quiz game’s soundstage. You can see the board, the lights, a camera, and both the host’s and the players’ podiums. If a sleek and gleaming LA soundstage sounds like the perfect trivia setting for you, then set the mood with this detailed background.
If you’re participating in your Zoom trivia night as a seasoned player, why not cosplay as a Jeopardy! contestant for the duration of the game? With the help of this background, you can. It gives you a look behind the three podiums and the view from them—you can see the Jeopardy! game board, a smaller monitor, stage lights, and several cameras pointing in your direction. Show the competition that you’re not afraid to buzz in with this cool background.
In this image, a neon sign reading “Trivia Night” is superimposed over a shadowy, blue brick wall. The word “TRIVIA” can be seen in capitalized blue bubble letters, while “Night” is written in bright pink script font that overlaps the former word. The two words are partially enclosed in a neon yellow border that’s rectangular with rounded edges.
This image is simple, understated, and eye-catching. It brings to mind the atmosphere of a dimly lit bar—one that has an appreciation for trivia, of course! Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
What time is it again? This illustration tells you exactly when. Like the previous image, this one features a blue brick background with a neon sign mounted on top of it. The text reads “QUIZ TIME” in all capital letters. It’s written in fluorescent pink and blue, with an asymmetrical line fragment border to match.
Because this image is square, you may need to do some cropping to make sure it fits properly as a Zoom background. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
In this digital illustration, question marks can be seen popping up at random atop a purple background. Each question mark is angled slightly differently, contributing to a feeling of dissonance in the image.
The seemingly arbitrary configuration and sizing of the question marks add a touch of whimsy to the image. Their white color and gradient shadowing pop against the grapey backdrop. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
This unique and funky illustration displays three podiums drawn in a cartoonish style. The tableau is rife with detail—lights, microphones, archways, screens with question marks on them—that keeps the illustration interesting but not overstimulating (aka ideal for a Zoom background).
We love the color variation in this image—the palette of cool green, warm salmon, and deep purples and blues is incredibly pleasing to the eye. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
In this stock image, “TRIVIA NIGHT” appears in all caps. Each individual letter is superimposed over a different colored block. The blocks are staggered to create a slight zigzag, adding a kooky feel to the illustration. We especially like the array of colors used in this image—grassy green, mustard yellow, hot pink, and serene blue and purple—what’s not to love? Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
This background may be minimalistic, but it’s far from boring. In the center of the image, the words “QUIZ NIGHT” appear in all caps, each boxed in their own thin yellow outline. Surrounding the text are numerous symbol icons: triangles, stars, question marks, plus signs, you name it! They appear in stark white against the royal blue background, giving the viewer an impression of a doodled-upon notebook page. Our personal favorite icons are the squiggles, which appear standing alone or in groups of two or three.
The distribution of shapes and symbols around the page is appealing to the eye without being overly distracting. One thing to remember: this is a square image, so prepare to crop it for it to be compatible with Zoom. Otherwise, the image may appear stretched and warped to properly fit into the frame. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
Looks like someone spelled out our favorite word! In this image, dice-sized wooden letter blocks lie on a grainy table, arranged to spell out “TRIVIA”. This central word is surrounded by a border of other letter blocks, tilted at random as if they were carelessly spilled as opposed to meticulously arranged.
With a background of unvarnished wood, this image cultivates a sweet, rustic feel. Any game lover is sure to appreciate this sweet tableau. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
This drawing evokes the vibe of a children’s magazine from the late ’90s or early aughts. Its central word—“trivia”, of course—is written colorfully and filled with whimsical doodles. Zigzags, stars, vines, and polka dots are plentiful, both inside the letters and around them. The color palette is bright without being totally overwhelming to the eye, and a variety of pastel shades help to subdue the image. This illustration is sure to bring a joyful energy to your next Zoom trivia endeavor. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
Are you a big Scrabble fan? We know we sure are! Show your love for the classic wordy board game along with your trivia fanaticism by opting for this background.
This image shows six Scrabble-inspired tiles spelling “trivia”, standing atop the edge of a closed yellow book. The book is sandwiched between several others, two of which are flipped open—you can see the page of one resting on top of the “A” tile. The photo has a minimalistic, academic feel, making it a great choice to express your individuality without inundating the eyes of your audience. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
If you’re worried about a complicated, busy Zoom background being visually distracting to players during your trivia game, opt for something simple, like this image. It featured a blue neon rectangle superimposed atop a blue brick wall with a shadowed black outline. On the right-hand side of the neon border, a yellow neon question mark can be seen. Like a few of the previous images, this illustration imitates the look and feel of a dimly lit club or restaurant while still conjuring a distinct pro-trivia vibe. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
In keeping with the blue brick wall motif, we’ve got this fun word art that reads “Challenge Trivia.” “Challenge” appears in a neon yellow cursive script font, while “TRIVIA lies below in capital block letters outlined in bright white. The text is centered and surrounded by a sunray-like splatter outline and alternating shapes: triangles, circles, and stars. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
This is a fun Zoom background to use around the winter holidays. Since the image is taller than it is wide, consider editing several iterations of the photos together in a row so that the image won’t become cropped or stretched when applied. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
This one’s for the whittlers out there! In this photo, carved wooden blocks spell out “TRIVIA” over diagonal rows of other wooden letter and number blocks. Similar to the previous wooden block image, the background characters are placed at random so as not to distract from the main text. With a relatively subdued color palette (the blocks are a variety of brown and beige earth tones), this background is ready to be loved by a ready monochrome enthusiast. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
In this image, cut-out individual letters spelling “Did You Know?” appear lying atop a denim background. Each letter appears to have been cut out from a different page of a book or magazine. Their mismatched fonts, shapes, and colors give the image a topsy-turvy feel. A doodled red and white lightbulb illustration can be seen between the words “did” and “you”. It’s giving ransom note—in a good way. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
Trivia lovers are inquisitive souls—show that you’re ready to answer some tough questions by peppering your background with a wide array of colorful question marks.
As your eyes scan this image from left to right, the question marks’ colors shift from red to orange, orange to yellow, and so on throughout the colors of the rainbow, all the way from violet to pink at the far right. No matter your favorite hue, this image is sure to express your passion for a good ol’ trivia Q and A while also conveying your colorful personality. Note: you’ll need to pay for the usable, un-watermarked version.
There you have it, folks! We hope you enjoyed our 20 favorite Zoom backgrounds for virtual trivia night. We hope one of these can add a little extra whimsy to your next online trivia meetup. Looking for even more fun to add to your Zoom trivia night? Check out this list of virtual buzzers!
Do you have a go-to Zoom background for gameplay? Or a favorite from this list? Let us know in the comments below.