What I am going to look at here is the use of prizes and prize rounds. This is something I am asked very often, more often than you would imagine. The problem is clear…..all trivia contests have stronger teams and it tends to be in most venues only one or two teams will ever win meaning they take away all the prizes. Now, don’t get me wrong here, there should always be a prize, and a decent prize, for the winner of the quiz, that goes without question but I am going to give you several other ideas on prizes to award and what else you can give. I have written several articles about, and I highly recommend you read getting prizes, incorporating prizes, and prize and bonus questions.
Making Use of Prize Rounds and Prizes – Always reward the Top 3
Let me first make something clear…..in many ways I am old school and people turning up your trivia event are there for the contest and there to do as well as they can. So my view is in any quiz where you have more than 7 teams, always reward the top 3 with prizes. A team coming 3rd has done really well and my theory above is true…..there will always be 1-2 dominant teams so opening up a prize for third means the other teams will have something to aim for.
One other key aspect here is NEVER, EVER and I repeat EVER just give the one winner takes all prize. It will ruin a trivia night long term, or if indeed it doesn’t ruin it, it will mean you are not getting as much enjoyment in your players as possible.
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