One of the major perks of technology is that it allows all of us to stay connected, even when we’re forced to be apart. Zoom, in particular, has blown up in the past few months as people wanted more ways to video chat with their friends. Zoom and other virtual meeting apps like it have helped normalize life in the face of a pandemic.
Virtual calls and happy hours have become the norm, and you can even kick your zoom calls up a notch by adding competition. Some people have started hosting virtual trivia nights over Zoom. If you’re interested in running your own trivia ring, here’s what you need to know!
Setting Up Zoom Trivia
What’s great about Zoom trivia is how easy it is to set up and coordinate. All you really need to do is set up a Zoom call, share the link with anyone who wants to play, and have questions ready to go.
If you want a hand in putting the questions together, QuizRunners has trivia packages designed for Zoom trivia nights. There are 50 question sets with seven categories of 10 questions each, and the packages cost $20. You can also put together your own trivia, and sites like LaffGaff can give you some inspiration for questions. Kahoot is another great platform that can help you design a quiz-show type game. If you’re playing with close friends or family, you can even try to cater to the questions specific to your group!
It’s simple but effective. If you want to play Jeopardy-style, Zoom has a built-in hand-raise button. Otherwise, you can read questions each round and have everyone respond, like bar trivia. However, you choose to operate, setting up a Zoom trivia game can be a great way to stay connected with your loved ones, and even engage tons of other people too!
Making A Small Side Hustle
Some Zoom trivia hosts make some money off their game shows, charging a small entry fee for each game. Walsh Trivia, for instance, charges $2 per player and often gets hundreds of participants in games. Stephen Walsh, who started Walsh Trivia, hosted bar trivia in Baltimore before the pandemic. When bars were forced to close, Walsh adapted and found a way to bring people together, as well as earn a living.
If you can spread the word through friends or social media, it’s possible to get a big crowd and potentially a big cash pot as well. If you’re paying for something like QuizRunners to up the quality of your trivia nights, charging a small entry fee is an easy way to cover your own costs, as well as potentially give out prizes to winners, save some money for yourself, or raise funds for COVID-19 relief.