The next big social media game app may have Arkansas ties.
Ethan Nobles at FirstArkansasNews reports on Trivi.al, an iPhone app that allows Facebook friends or random opponents to compete with trivia questions.
Could it be the next Words With Friends or Draw Something?
What do you get when you take trivia questions and put them in an iPhone app that sets up games with friends, family, coworkers and random opponents through Facebook?
The answer? Trivi.al, a pick-up-and-play brain teaser that its founders hope become as ubiquitous on mobile devices as Draw Something, Words with Friends, etc. Trivi.al has only been available through the Apple App Store since June 21, so it’s too early to make any predictions about how the game will fare in the months to come.
Creators Matt Hudson and Joey Nelson, however, are optimistic about the game’s chances. It is, after all, backed with investments from Gravity Ventures (a company with offices in Indianapoli
s and Little Rock) and a partner in the endeavor is John James, chief executive officer of Acumen Brands — an established ecommerce company in the area.
Hudson and Nelson started MobileFWD in Fayetteville at the first of the year for the purpose of making mobile games. Hudson said James approached them with the idea of a trivia game as a way to way to base a game around his trivia questions. James, by the way, does have some experience in that realm — he started selling trivia questions to quiz bowl competitions in 1995. Hudson said 5,000 of James’ questions are in the 17,000-question database that powers Trivi.al.