The World Quizzing Championships event was first held in just one location in 2003 with Steven De Ceuster and Siva Krishnapillai from Belgium and Malaysia respectively flying over to England to take part.

Since then, the World Quizzing Championships has seen more contestants and more countries joining every year. We hope that more than 2,000 people will take part this year.

World Quizzing Championships 2017:

 Year  First place  Second place  Third place
 2019  Olav Bjortomt (ENG)  Steve Perry (USA)  Tero Kalliolevo (FIN)
 2018  Olav Bjortomt (ENG)  Steve Perry (USA)  Pat Gibson (ENG)
 2017  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Didier Bruyere (FRA)  Pat Gibson (ENG)
 2016  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Olav Bjortomt (ENG)  Pat Gibson (ENG)
 2015  Olav Bjortomt (ENG)  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Pat Gibson (ENG)
 2014  Vikram Joshi (IND)  Steve Perry (USA)  Kevin Ashman (ENG)
 2013  Pat Gibson (ENG)  Tero Kalliolevo (FIN)  Kevin Ashman (ENG)
 2012  Jesse Honey (ENG)  Pat Gibson (ENG)  Steve Perry (USA)
 2011  Pat Gibson (ENG)  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Tero Kalliolevo (FIN)
 2010  Pat Gibson (ENG)  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Ronny Swiggers (BEL)
 2009  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Ronny Swiggers (BEL)  Mark Bytheway (ENG)
 2008  Mark Bytheway (ENG)  Ronny Swiggers (BEL)  Tero Kalliolevo (FIN)
 2007  Pat Gibson (ENG)  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Mark Bytheway (ENG)
 2006  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Pat Gibson (ENG)  Nico Pattyn (BEL)
 2005  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Pat Gibson (ENG)  Nico Pattyn (BEL)
 2004  Kevin Ashman (ENG)  Pat Gisbon (ENG)  Ashish (IND)
 2003  Olav Bjortomt (ENG)  Pat Gibson (ENG)  Alan Gibbs (ENG)
The first ever World Quizzing Championships event was held on Saturday 5 July at Villa Park, Birmingham, England. There were just 44 competitors, including Steven De Ceuster from Belgium and Siva Krishnapillai from Malaysia.
Following the foundation of the International Quizzing Association (IQA), the event was held simultaneously in 5 countries for the first time. Over 300 quizzers in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Estonia, India and Malaysia took part. Kevin Ashman took the crown.
The event was sponsored by MSN Search and for the first time, competitors sat quiz papers in the current format = eight papers of 30 questions each. This was the last time that the event was held in July, moving to the first weekend of June from 2006.  England's Kevin Ashman was victorious with 6th placed Dorjana Širola from Croatia as the highest scoring female player.
Kevin Ashman (ENG) retained the World Quizzing Championships title for the third year running on 3 June, with people at 15 locations around the world taking part.
2 June 2007 saw quiz players at venues in the USA, Netherlands and Hungary taking part for the first time. Pat Gibson (ENG) took his first crown and newcomer, Jesse Honey, placed fifth.
2 June 2007 saw quiz players at venues in the USA, Netherlands and Hungary taking part for the first time. Pat Gibson (ENG) took his first crown and newcomer, Jesse Honey, placed fifth.
Quizzers in 44 locations took part on 6 June and saw Kevin Ashman pipping Belgium's Ronny Swiggers to the post and taking his 4th World Quizzing Championships title. American 'Jeopardy' legend, Jerome Vered put in a great showing with 8th place and Croatia's Dorjana Širola was the highest placed female contestant.
Over 1,200 people in 66 locations took part in the event on 5 June 2010. The overall winner was Pat Gibson (ENG) with eight nations represented in the top 20. The highest scoring female contestant was 17th placed Dorjana Širola of Croatia.
Over 1,400 people in 79 locations took part in the event on 4 June 2011. The overall winner was Pat Gibson (ENG) who took the title for the third time. Ten nations were represented in the top 30. The highest scoring female contestant was Dorjana Širola of Croatia.
Nearly 2,000 people took part in the World Quizzing Championships in 2012. Quizzers from 36 countries all locked horns in a battle of the brains with 10 countries represented in the Top 20. The overall winner was England's Jesse Honey. England's Pat Gibson came in second and a mighty performance from the USA's Steve Perry, saw him snatch third place. The highest scoring lady was Scotland's Anne Hegerty. For the first time ever, someone scored full marks in one genre. Congratulations to Ishaan Chugh on scoring 30/30 on Media.
The 2013 World Quizzing Championship took place on the 1st of June. A record 1,992 participants competed with India being the most represented country. BBC Egghead, Pat Gibson took the crown for England.
The 2014 World Quizzing Championship took place on the 7th of June with 1,833 participants. India's Vikram Joshi became the first non-European winner of the title. He tragically passed away in 2018 aged just 41.
The 2015 World Quizzing Championship took place on the 6th of June with over 2,000 participants. With six nations represented in the top 10, England took first, second and third places.
The 2016 World Quizzing Championship took place on the 4th of June with a surge in participants taking the total number of players to over 2,500.
The 2017 World Quizzing Championship took place on the 3rd of June at venues all over the world. A staggering 2,878 players from 45 countries around the world took part, with 13 nations represented in the Top 50. The behemoth of quiz, England’s Kevin Ashman, took the crown for a record sixth time with a score of 169 out of a possible 210. Scoring 80% on such a challenging quiz really is outstanding.
The 2018 World Quizzing Championship took place on the 2nd of June at venues all over the world. The inaugural Quiz Olympiad champion, Olav Bjortomt, took the World Quizzing Championships title. He was five points clear of the runner-up, the USA's Steve Perry, with a stellar performance in a tough set of questions.
The 2019 World Quizzing Championship took place on the 1st of June at venues all over the world. England's Olav Bjortomt, took the World Quizzing Championships title for a fourth time. 2,653 players participated.