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Escape Industry News
It's December! 🎄

But wait, that means... *gasp*

This is the final issue of Escape Industry News this year?!

So let's end on a positive note: What a year it's been! Here in the industry we've opened our doors, and closed our doors, and opened again. Lockdown has been tough on escape rooms almost everywhere in the world, but we're holding our heads high and adapting to the new climate in more and more exciting ways than ever.

December in particular has been a big month for escape room news. From some very exciting announcements for 2022, some famous faces spotted at rooms worldwide, and a few "world's first" experiences popping up!

Personally, we're looking forward to all the exciting end of year awards ceremonies, such as TERPECA and the Bullseye Awards which you can catch livestreamed later this month.

But, with just a few weeks left until the new year, there's nothing left to do but see if we can't squeeze in as many more escapes as we can!

Enjoy the festive holidays, and we'll see you next year, Puzzle People 👋

Editor of Escape Industry News

🧩 Trending Now


Escape Room Community Comes Together for a Charity Auction


The Escape Room community has come together for a Christmas charity fundraiser, to help raise money for one our own: Stephen Hawker, owner and creator of MARVO Mysteries in Bournemouth in the UK, a much loved game both nationally and internationally.

Steve is currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer - The Escape Room Community has banded together to raise money in the spirit of the Christmas season so Steve and his partner Lizzy can make amazing memories in their future together.



ER Champ 2021 Winners Crowned!

At the end of a successful Escape Room Championship which saw 832 teams from around the world competing in the semi-finals, and 118 make it through to the finale.

The winners were: 

1. CKCOS from Taiwan, with 1:31:13 time
2. Shungyo from Japan with 1:48:24 time
3. Hydra from Japan with 1:49:30 and Far East Solvers from Japan with time 01:49:04



ESCAPETHEROOMer's Bullseye Awards 2021

The ESCAPETHEROOMer's Bullseye Awards are back for 2021. Anyone can nominate and vote for their favourites as part of the "Player's Choice Award", and results will be livestreamed on Youtube on December 30th at 5pm EST.



Batman: Gotham City Adventures - a live, multi-experience escape room!

Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and DC have teamed up with Dama Dreams to bring the city of Gotham to life in Batman Gotham City Adventures, which will take flight in the form of several escape rooms. The yet to be announced location housed somewhere in Paris will be a full 3,000 sqm building with each room covering 350 sqm. The escape rooms promise to launch visitors into the world of the caped crusader with live actors, intricate storylines, themed and detailed surroundings, and much much more.



EU Launches Virtual Escape Room 'Unlock #YourEURight'

Hoping to tap into gaming to teach young people about their consumer rights, the European Commission's directorate general has put together an educational escape room for 16 to 24 year olds.



Pandemic, Ticket to Ride and Mysterium puzzles featured in next Unlock! game

Unlock! have announced their next board game - Unlock!: Game Adventures, which will feature adventures set in the world of Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Mysterium.




🧾 In Other News

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📆 Upcoming Dates for your Diary

December 18th 2021
TERPECA Winners Announced

December 30th 2021
ETRers Bullseye Awards Announced

January 7 - 9th 2022
The Next Stage


🔑 Recent Doors Unlocked 

  • A new escape room experience 'Beating the Bomb' is opening in the new year in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Destination: Mars is a new immersive experience opening in Wellington, NZ.
  • Padlockd Escape has opened a new room, The Serial Killer, in Queensland, Australia.
  • Times Up has opened a new room, Ruins, in Perth, Australia.
  • Urban Mysteries Co has opened a new room, The Missing Professor in Adelaide, Australia.

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

🔎 December's Joke

In the spirit of Christmas, we're swapping our monthly puzzle to a cheesy joke instead:

What do they sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
Highlight to Reveal: Freeze a jolly good fellow!


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