Sporcle

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Sporcle
The word "sporcle" in orange Courier New font. The O has been replaced by an orange globe.
Sporcle's logo
A classic quiz asking the user to name the US Presidents, showing a score of 7/44 with 9:17 left.
A typical Sporcle quiz layout, for the quiz 'US Presidents'.
Type of site
Quizzes, Trivia
Available inEnglish
OwnerSporcle, Inc.
Created byMatt Ramme
CEOAli Aydar
Websitewww.sporcle.com
Alexa rankDecrease 2,199 (May 2018)[1]
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedJanuary 30, 2007
Current statusOnline
Content license
Copyrighted

Sporcle is a trivia quiz website launched on January 30, 2007 on which users can play and make quizzes.[2] According to website founder Matt Ramme, the name of the site is inspired by the words sports and oracle. Offices for the website are located in Seattle, San Francisco, and Southfield, Michigan.[3]

The website was founded in response to Ramme's desire to learn trivia and his accompanying frustration that there was no existing website suitable for his needs.[4] Sporcle's mission statement is, "We actively and methodically search out new and innovative ways to prevent our users from getting any work done whatsoever."

Gameplay[edit]

Many games on Sporcle require the user to name all of the items within a given subject — such as presidents of the US, Best Picture Oscar-winning movies, or countries whose names are also legal words in Scrabble. Quizzes may be clickable, have pictures and slideshows, or involve a map.[5][6][7][8]

Categories[edit]

The games in Sporcle fall into 15 categories: Entertainment, Gaming, Geography, History, Holiday, Just for Fun, Language, Literature, Miscellaneous, Movies, Music, Religion, Science, Sports, and Television. Each category has a number of sub-categories as well.

As of November 24, 2018, Sporcle has over 500,000 quizzes (both published and user created) that have been played a total of 2.8 billion times (between both online plays and mobile app plays as of November 2018).[2] The 500,000,000 milestone was reached on April 23, 2011,[9] the 1,000,000,000 milestone was reached on April 12, 2013,[10] and the 2,000,000,000 milestone was reached on October 15, 2016.[11]

In 2018, the most popular quiz on Sporcle was "Find the US States - No Outlines Minefield" which had been played over 23 million times.[12]

Appeal[edit]

Despite Ramme's expectation that Sporcle would appeal to older users, students also use the website.[4][13] From October 2010 to 2017, Sporcle featured a 'College Rankings' competition on the site's home page, which tracked students registered on the site from a variety of universities, and ranked the top 100 schools according to their weekly usage of Sporcle.[14][15]

Membership[edit]

On October 13, 2016, Sporcle announced a "Sporcle Orange" subscription, where users can pay a monthly fee for additional functionality and the removal of advertising.[16] Sporcle's Vice President, Derek Pharr, said in a forum comment that "all the features currently offered will remain free."[17]

Sporcle Live[edit]

Sporcle Live is the pub trivia part of Sporcle. This consists of live-hosted trivia games typically played in teams and hosted in bars and restaurants.

Mobile apps[edit]

In 2010, Sporcle released an iPhone and Android application with 250 games.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sporcle.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Sporcle.com home page". Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  3. ^ "About Sporcle". www.sporcle.com. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  4. ^ a b Aucoin, Don (2009-06-16). "On top of the world". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  5. ^ "Do the Electric Slideshow".
  6. ^ "A New Game Type Arrives..."
  7. ^ "How to Make a Fantastic Map Quiz".
  8. ^ "Picture Box for All". www.sporcle.com. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  9. ^ "Meet Our Half-Billion Contest Winner".
  10. ^ "One Billion and Counting: Wrap Up - Sporcle Blog".
  11. ^ "TWO Billion and Counting - Sporcle Blog".
  12. ^ "Popular Published Quizzes All Time".
  13. ^ Loza, Josefina (2009-06-15). "What We Are Playing: Sporcle.com". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  14. ^ "College Rankings". Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  15. ^ "Sporcle ranks colleges based on use". Yale Daily News. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  16. ^ "Announcing Sporcle Orange - Sporcle Blog". 26 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Sporcle Premium/Subscription - Upcoming Features". Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  18. ^ "iPhone app". Sporcle Blog. 23 February 2010.
  19. ^ "Sporcle is now on Android!". Sporcle. Sporcle, Inc. 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2011.

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