York-based quiz tech company SpeedQuizzing has teamed up The Chase star Paul Sinha with the aim of boosting public morale and mental health through quizzing.
The partnership will see Paul, who is currently hosting his own primetime quiz show for ITV called Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown featuring a host of well-known celebrities, work alongside SpeedQuizzing, whose software is typically used to host thousands of smartphone-based quizzes each week, to spotlight everything that’s great about both in-venue and, more recently, virtual quizzing.
In particular, the quiz heavyweights aim to communicate how quizzing is serving as a force for good, bringing people together, in a virtual way currently, and boosting morale, mental health and social engagement at a critical time with the UK in lockdown.
As part of the partnership, Paul will regularly compete in a variety of virtual SpeedQuizzes (and in-venue events when the rules allow), giving members of the public the opportunity to go head-to-head with one of quizzing’s biggest stars every month.
In addition, ‘The Sinnerman’ – or ‘Sarcasm in a Suit’ as he is also affectionately monikered – will be writing hundreds of quiz questions for SpeedQuizzing each month, across a range of different topics, with Six from Sinha appearing as a free bonus round in every digital question pack. Each Six from Sinha selection will test the brains of even the most experienced, knowledgeable quizzers, and, in keeping with the other 61 questions contained in every pack, will be randomly generated, ensuring every set of six is unique.
Both Paul and SpeedQuizzing will also be sharing regular trivia teasers on social media to test the nation and show just how much fun quizzing can be.
Commenting on the partnership, Paul said: “I’ve been a big fan of SpeedQuizzing for a long time now, playing in both virtual and in-venue events as a way of keeping my eye in while catching up with friends, so it’s great to finally ‘make it official’ with this important partnership.
“I can honestly say I love everything about quizzing, from the highs and the lows that come with winning and losing, through to the camaraderie, banter and competition that exists between players. Quizzing taxes your brain while being a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to working with SpeedQuizzing to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.”
SpeedQuizzing co-founder Alan Leach said: “We wanted to team up with someone who we feel truly represents who we are and what it is we do and in Paul we’ve found the perfect person, someone who isn’t just a quizzer but also a genuine people person. Don’t get me wrong though, him being really, really clever is always going to be a bonus!
“While we generally sit on different sides of the quizzing ‘table’, we’re both incredibly passionate about all things quizzing and have seen over the last three lockdowns just how important virtual quizzing has been for so many people, both in terms of providing some much-needed entertainment and mental stimulation, and an opportunity for some good old social interaction.
“Working with Paul, we’re hoping to make the world of quizzing accessible to everyone and encourage more people to get involved, with plenty of great entertainment, fun and laughs guaranteed along the way.”