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Escape Industry News
Howdy, escapists! 🤠

It's a new month and we've got a whole newsletter of stories, openings and events to share with you.

But first, a big thank you to everyone who has emailed us to let us know about their new escape rooms opening, or news they've spotted recently.

So, this month all the major news stories seem a little more digital than usual. Not one, but three new websites have launched and whether owner or enthusiast, we think you'll want to check them out.

First, the popular escape room social media site Morty App has released a version of their directory for web. Secondly, the creators of Lock.Me and ER Champ have announced Escape Buzz, a website for specialist information about our industry. Finally, REA's 2022 US Escape Room Industry report is now live.

But if that sounds like a lot of reading, fear not! This newsletter isn't all about homework, we promise. July also saw plenty of exciting new escape rooms popping up all around the world, so be sure to scroll to the bottom and check out any new ones near you.

Until next month! 👋

Editor of Escape Industry News

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🧩 Trending Now

Morty App has Released a Version for Web

Morty App is a hugely popular escape room directory available on iPhone. This month the team have made their database of 23,000+ games and 50,000+ ratings and reviews publicly available via a web-interface. 



Escape Buzz has launched, a new industry website dedicated to news, directory content, and more.


Escape Buzz is a new platform dedicated to the escape room industry from the creators of Lock.me and ER Champ. It will be a service for folks who work in the industry and enthusiasts alike to help find specialist information about the market.



Room Escape Artist presents their 2022 US Escape Room Industry Report


Based on 8 years of data collected since 2014, REA has produced a report of the state of the escape room industry in 2022. This year they've identified that there are more than 1,900 escae room facilities in the US (an 8.5% decrease since last year). Read their in-depth analysis below.



🧾 In Other News


📆 Upcoming Dates for your Diary

August 21 - 22nd
RECON 2022
Boston, USA

September 22 - 25th
Wacky Wheels Escape Road Trip
Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany

November 5th
ER Champ Eliminations
Online Digital

November 11th
ER Champ Finale
Online Digital

November 12 - 15th
Escape, Immerse, Explore: New Orleans
New Orleans, USA

February 2 - 5th
TransWorld's Room Escape Conference
St. Louis, USA


🔑 Recent Doors Unlocked 

  • 13th Hour Escape Rooms have opened a new room, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in Wharton, NJ.
  • 13th Gate Escape has opened a new room, The Disappearance of Flight 13, in St Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Activate Games has announced they're opening a new site in East Rutherford, NJ.
  • Arcade Arena, a new social gaming concept from the previous owners of Escape Inc. has announced plans to open this month in Roseville, MN USA
  • Breakout Games have announced a new room, Wild West, in Lexington, KY.
  • Captured LV Escape Room have opened a new room, The Casino Challenge, in Bethlehem, PA.
  • Escape Ventures has announced a new room, Neighbourhood Watcher, coming late summer in Orlando, FL.
  • Escapology has opened a new escape game, Mansion Murder, in Belmont Park, San Diego, CA.
  • Exit 446 has opened their site in Pittsburg, PA.
  • Immersive Gamebox (recently rebranded from Electric Gamebox) has opened in New York.
  • Lara's Labyrinth have opened a new room, Bewitched, in Wethersfield, CT.
  • Marriott Hotels x TED have opened an immersive experience, "The Curiosity Room" in San Francisco, CA.
  • Off the Couch has reopened with two rooms in Fremont, CA.
  • Oh Key Escape Games is opening in Blackfoot, ID.
  • paradigmQ has re-opened it's Christmas themed room, Hour Before Christmas, as well as another recent room, Murder on the Express, in Vancouver, WA.
  • RYCO’s Escape Room & Lounge is opening in Westbury, NY.
  • The Carson City Library has opened a new room, The Submarine, in Carson City, NV.
  • The Lost Escape Room have opened a new room, Into the Darkness, in Huntington, WV.
  • The Show Must Go On is a pop-up escape game that's just launched in New Prague, MN.
  • Waxhaw Escape has opened a new jumanji-themed room, Jungle Drums, in Waxhaw, NC.

And... Because we missed these ones from a few months back:
  • Escape City YEG has opened a new room, Mastermind Industries, in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Lockdown Red Deer has opened a new room, The Cave of Five Elements, in Red Deer, Alberta.

📩 Have we missed an opening near you? Reply to this email and let us know!

    🔎 August's Puzzle

    For this month's puzzle I'll relay a funny little question a Games Master posed us at an escape room at last month:

    When is a door no longer a door?

    Tweet us your answer @escapeindustry

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