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Escape Industry News, back again! 🔑🕵️‍♀️

Can you believe it's already February 2023? Time flies when you're solving puzzles and exploring new escape rooms.

Whether you're an escape room owner or enthusiast, this month (and in fact, whole year) is shaping up to be another exciting one. In the latest issue of Escape Industry News, we eagerly anticipate the return of Enigmarch, a month-long puzzle creation challenge. We're making a note in our diary for RECON Remote 23. And finally, we're keeping our eyes and ears open for the new trends and new openings popping up across the world.

As always, we can't write this newsletter without the support of all our excellent readers, so if you're enjoying hearing from us each month, please don't forget to share this newsletter with your escape room loving friends.

See you next month! 🤗

Editor of Escape Industry News

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Enigmarch Returns in 2023

"EnigMarch" is a daily puzzle creation challenge. Every day in March, the team will share a prompt that can be used as inspiration to create any kind of puzzle, from cryptograms to mazes to chess problems to those fruit-counting ones you see on Facebook. All skill levels are welcome, from expert puzzlesmiths to absolute beginners—you don’t have to create a masterpiece, just something that’s convincingly a puzzle. 



RECON Remote 23 Announced


This year, RECON will look a little different as it will take place remotely. Whilst not all the information has been announced, you can sign up and watch the livestream in which the founders explain some of what to expect this year.



That's a Wrap on Another TransWorld Interactive Entertainment Show!

Last Sunday the TransWorld Interactive Entertainment Show concluded. TransWorld is the US's largest conference for the interactive entertainment industry and every year it features a growing escape room presence, including suppliers, vendors and owners. This year Buzzshot again took part! It was great meeting everyone. See you all next year! 



Top 15 trends to watch in the visitor attractions industry in 2023


Blooloop has published it's trend predictions for 2023, with plenty of escape room shout outs to watch out for: "The visitor attractions sector is making a strong post-pandemic recovery, with operators spending on innovative and trend-setting experiences to entice guests. In 2023, visitors expect more than an Instagrammable moment. They want to be immersed and active in any experience."



🧾 In Other News


📆 Upcoming Dates for your Diary

Feb 10th - 12th
The Grand Hunt
Online Event

Feb 20th - 27th
Steam Mystery Fest
Online Event

March 1st - 31st
Online Event

April 1st - 30th
Fool's Errand
Online Event

April 23rd
Escape Room Awards Gala
Barcelona, Spain

April 24th - May 1st
Steam Puzzle Fest
Online Event

June 2 - 4th
The Next Stage Summit 2023
Los Angeles, USA

August 19th - 20th
RECON Remote 23
Online Event


🔑 Recent Doors Unlocked 

  • Escape This have opened a new room, Hitman, in Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Escape This have also opened a new site in Hay St Mall, Perth, WA.

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

A shout out to the resources & individuals who are a huge help when compiling this list each month:
Escape the Review (UK) Morty App (Global)

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    🔊 Listen

    Last month in Podcasts & Radio

    Cager Express: Escape Break
    "Escape Break featuring Beth Divel and Tatiyana Abarro: Southern California's premier escape room podcast show. We recap fun rooms, interviews and bizarre topics!"
    Cipherdelic Pod
    "Have you ever wondered who oils the cogs of the constantly evolving escape room industry? Think no more. In each episode we speak to a guest from the interactive experience industry to offer you, our listener, a peak behind the curtain."
    Escape This Podcast
    "A show that’s a mix of escape room puzzles and tabletop role-playing."
    Puzzling Company
    "On this podcast, Zach and Jared every week cover a new at home puzzle / escape room style game and discuss all things about it!​"
    The Infinite Escape Room
    "The puzzling podcast where a gaggle of geographically diverse chums come together, have a drink - and work together to solve a home made escape room of the ears.​"
    These podcasts may not have released new episodes this month, but are well worth checking out:
    • Enigmailed Puzzlecast
      • Thoughts perspectives and unpacking of ideas from the man behind Enigmailed Puzzles.
    • Reality Escape Podcast
      • "With this Podcast, your hosts David Spira & Peih-Gee Law explore immersive gaming from all angles, alongside guests with incredible experience in this realm."

    🔎 February's Puzzle

    The start of the year always makes me look a little closer at the calendar, to today's puzzle is all about the current month:

    If there are 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays in January, on what day of the week will February 1st fall?
    Tweet us your answer @escapeindustry

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