Trivia app Quizup's branded categories & Google team-up hint at future money-making model

Google's street view car, which powers Google Maps.

Above: Google's street view car, which powers Google Maps.

Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here. Ticket prices increase on April 3rd!

Trivia app Quizup today quietly expanded into new territory with the launch of branded topics, the first of which involves a major player: Google.

Players of the trivia game, created by Plain Vanilla Games, will see a new topic today, “Earth from Above.” That topic is “brought to you by Google Maps,” the app states.

Curiously, this is the first time the app has ever incorporated another brand’s logo.


Above: Earth From Above: “Brought to you by Google Maps”

While Plain Vanilla Games has made its international expansion plans clear in the past, the company has not shared its monetization goals publicly. These branded categories — or topics, as they’re called in the game — may be an early sign of Plain Vanilla Games’ plans: to help companies promote their culture and history to trivia fans.