A new pub quiz has been launched at The Bot in which cheating is impossible.
Darren Graham is the man rolling out this new phenomenon in quizzing across Northern Ireland.
As well as The Bot, Darren holds the paper and pen free quiz at five other venues in North Down each week including Wolsey’s In Bangor, Grace Neill’s In Donaghadee and Molly Brown’s in Newtownards.
The SpeedQuizzing system has changed the way people today approach quiz events, but more specifically it has enabled the pub quiz to evolve into something new.
Darren said: “Gone is the slow pace. Gone is the cheating that has undermined the integrity of pen and paper pub quizzes for many years and the days where quiz contestants actually have to mark each others question sheets is thankfully also now a thing of the past.”
Darren explained why he turned his back on old style pub quizs. He said: “I’ve been hosting pub quizzes for years and the cheating was the big thing that was putting people off. You’d have people ‘shazaming’ the music round or going into the toilets to phone people for answers. It was frustrating for me and frustrating for the other teams taking part.
“When I first saw SpeedQuizzing I knew it was the way forward.”
He explained: “SpeedQuizzing’s quiz game software heralds a new age of high-energy smartphone pub quizzing where the fast-paced game style takes trivia nights to new heights while ensuring it is impossible to cheat.”
He said: “I tried the new quiz format in December 2015 for the first time and I now have five nights a week in various venues in North Down and just recently in Botanic Inn on Tuesday nights which has up to 32 teams playing to win a £100 bar tab! I am already looking at increasing the capacity to 64 teams to meet the demand!
“It is really popular and I love the interactive element using TV screens to enhance the customer experience and only giving people 10 seconds to answer.”
As well as gaining points for correct answers, in some rounds you’ll also lose points for getting it wrong. The music round is a lot more high tech and there’s game-changing elements to keep it interesting for everyone right to the end. You’ll have big scoring questions where you get more points for being closer to the right answer, for example you might be asked what the distance is in miles between Belfast and New York, with the potential to score huge points if you get it spot on.
Darren said: “I’m a DJ as well but the SpeedQuizzing has really taken off and it’s taking up most of my time. It’s perfect for students and a younger audience because of the interactive elements and the speed of it. We might get through 150 questions in a night, whereas you could have a pen and paper quiz that only does 60 questions in an evening.”