Eric Omondi and Betty Kyalo during the launch of Big Quiz. [Jenipher Wachie, Standard]

A new gaming show is set to go live on your TV tomorrow.

The Big Quiz Show lets users of smartphones and other mobile devices register, pay and answer trivia questions from the comfort of their homes and have the chance to win various prizes.

The show will be hosted by Betty Kyallo and Eric Omondi and will air every Sunday from 8pm to 9pm for the next 13 weeks for the first season. Each week’s winner will get Sh1 million. There will be 100 other winners every week.

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During the launch at the Standard Group headquarters in Nairobi yesterday, the show’s Executive Director, Patrick Ojil, said the show will be a game-changer because it will be interactive and will allow anyone to participate.

Participants only need to register via SMS (SMS JOIN to 23774) and answer simple multiple-choice questions that will be beamed live on TV. Registration will cost Sh150. “For the first time in a TV game show history, we leverage on technology to democratise access so that the TV viewing public can participate in a live TV game show from the comfort of their homes via their mobile phones and win instant prizes,” Ojil said.

He said the format of the show is different from that of traditional TV game shows that are usually pre-recorded and only a limited number of participants are invited on set while the public watches for entertainment only.

Joe Munene, Standard Group Managing Director, Broadcast Division, said: “We thank the Big Quiz Show team and all the stakeholders involved in bringing this family gameshow concept to life. As the Standard Group and KTN, we are happy to provide a home for the Big Quiz Show on our KTN Home channel. The KTN brand is a pacesetter in innovative and captivating television content and this show is a trend-setter in that regard and we look forward to great entertainment and a great first season.”

Munene said another unique aspect of the show is that winning will not depend on luck.

The edutainment/ infotainment nature of the quiz, he said, aims at inculcating the culture of research and reading and pursuit of knowledge among Kenyans. “We shall be testing for speed and accuracy; our software has been programmed to pick the fastest and the most accurate answers. Every participant can win depending on how fast and knowledgeable they are,” Ojil said.

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The show’s proceeds will go towards supporting PCEA Thogoto Home for the Aged with the aim of transforming numerous lives after the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected many livelihoods in the past year.