This Pakistani live trivia game show app will give you cash prizes

By Shehryar Ahmed on
July 4, 2018
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Evamp & Saanga, a Pakistani software house has designed a live trivia game show app. The app, called Muqabla went live on the Google Play Store last week. It is a free-to-play game and is rated 3+, meaning anybody can play.

A friend of mine shared the app with me this morning and I have been buzzing about it ever since. I downloaded the app straight away and then proceeded to register on it. Here is how I signed up:

  1. The app requires users to sign up using their mobile numbers due to security reasons and privacy concerns etc., so I gave my number and signed up on the app.
  2. After submitting my phone number, I was sent a One-Time-Password (OTP).
  3. Upon entering the correct OTP, I was asked to set my username.
  4. On the same screen, you’re asked to enter your referral code (if someone you know told you about the app).

Be careful, you can only set your username once, i.e. you can’t change it later on.

The game show conducts a live trivia every day at a given time. The trivia’s host asks contestants 11 questions along with 3 choices for each question. A time frame of 10 seconds is given to the contestant, after which his/her answer will not be accepted, resulting in elimination. The contestant will be eliminated if the answer is incorrect as well.

One way for users to get another shot at the question is to use a life, which can only be gained through referrals, i.e. by referring the app to others. As mentioned in the sign-up procedure above, you’re asked to enter your referral code when you’re signing up. To refer the app to others, click on the “Get Lives” feature on the home screen of the app. Therein you’ll be shown your referral code. Just forward this code to everyone you share the app with and ask them to sign up using your referral code. When someone signs up using your referral code and plays a game, you’ll get an extra life!

The best part about the game is the payout system. The minimum cashout amount is Rs. 1,000. Once you attain the limit, you can transfer the amount to your EasyPaisa account. That’s it. No complications or formalities.

While this is a nice initiative, I’m interested to see the public’s response to it. Such an app initiative has not been trialed in the country before and the nearest alternatives are the game shows being conducted on television programs. Sadly though, admit passes to these programs are limited and thereby mass participation is limited to a significant extent; Evamp & Saanga has tackled this issue through Muqabla.

You can download the app from here.

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