Should you embrace the smartphone and make it part of the pub quiz experience, or fine anyone who dares ask Google for an answer.
We put the traditional pub quiz up against a snazzy app-based quiz company. Who wins? You decide.
Team name: The Criterion
Type of quiz: Two traditional pub quizzes — 'Things to Come' and 'The One with Everything'
How long has your quiz been running?: Both have been running five years — and one of them has moved venue twice, it's so loved.
How many people take part? We get a crowd of between 10 to 40.
In no more than 50 words can you describe the basic premise? "The One With Everything" is like our best pizzas — full of ingredients that, while still fresh and local, can be anything. No question is too strange. "Things to Come" takes the difficulty towards 12 — a true quizzer's quiz.
Are smartphones a threat to the pub quiz or the next stage in its development? Smartphones are essential for on-the-spot checks on exactly who did shoot JR, but a good pub quiz should have answers that are guessable or simply un-Googleable. And you can't beat a bit of peer pressure to play the game fairly.
Who comes up with the questions? We do it ourselves.
Who marks the scores? The quiz master. This is where mobile phone answers can be detected right away, as we can Google any answers that seem too down pat.
Is there always a prize? Always; but the prize itself is usually secondary to being the winner. Failing on the last question can sometimes hurt a lot more.
Favourite pub quiz team name? Unrepeatable, but my second favourite is "I thought this was speed dating".
Team name: KwizzBit
Location: International (visit www.kwizzbit.com for more information)
Type of quiz: Interactive
How long has your quiz been running? Launched in February 2017
How many people take part? We are suppliers to some of the biggest pub companies in the UK: Greene King, Stonegate, Mitchells & Butlers, Marston's and Ei Group. More than 10,000 Kwizzez have been played to date, with 120,000 questions answered and more than 35,000 unique players.
In no more than 50 words can you describe the basic premise? KwizzBit is a subscription based interactive quiz service, which means three things: there are no expensive hardware costs; it can be used an unlimited number of times and is updated daily with new Kwizzes. KwizzBit can be hosted and played from any smartphone, tablet or laptop via 3G, 4G and WiFi.
Are smartphones a threat to the pub quiz or the next stage in its development? Smartphones are a threat to the pub quiz. The ability to find information so quickly, thanks to modern phone technology, makes cheating so easy to do. The answer is to marry the smartphone to the pub quiz and have their love child.
The ideal interactive quiz aims to create a more engaging and exciting experience for hosts and users than traditional pen and paper quizzes.The work we've done here at KwizzBit does just that. We've eradicated cheating by using the smartphone web browser as the platform on which you play and introducing a scoring system that rewards fast answering.
Who comes up with the questions?
Based on feedback and conversations with pub-goers and customers, our in-house content creation team makes new quizzes daily, which include Picture This, Bak2Skool, Headlines and Mystery rounds, as well as weekly recap quizzes of EFL and Premier League football for the sportier crowds.
What's more, we regularly create themed quiz events, which really draw a crowd — our recent Love Island quiz went down a treat with pubs all across the UK. And, if a person can't find what they're looking for, we'll create a bespoke quiz for them.
Who marks the scores? The system automatically marks the questions after each has been answered. This gives a live in-play leaderboard, which creates an interactive gameshow atmosphere throughout the entire Kwizz, which really brings out people's competitive sides.
Is there always a prize?
While prizes are decided by venues, we encourage creativity. One of our venues gives KwizzBit winners 60 seconds to grab as many bottles as they can from behind the bar...with one hand.
Favourite pub quiz team name? Our favourite pub quiz team name has to be "You're a Kwizzard, Harry" — we're big on Harry Potter over here at KwizzBit HQ.