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Escape Industry News
Welcome to June, Escapees!

Somehow we're already halfway through the year.

It's kinda like that moment you glance up at the clock and realise there's just 30 minutes remaining but you're still fumbling on the first puzzle... Yeah that's definitely happened a few times to us... 😅

But fear not! With a new month comes new exciting things in the escape room industry. From new speakers announced at the annual RECON Remote convention, to counting down the days to the Salon De L'Escape Game show. For the enthusiasts among us, this month also marks the first round of eliminations in ER Champ. We hope you're feeling ready for the competition 💪

Whatever you're reading for, our news section is packed this month. By contrast, our new openings section could do with a little TLC. This month we found 13 new openings in North America - but we're sure there were more! If at any time you spot a new escape room, or you're opening a site yourself, please don't hesitate to let us know. We love supporting new escape rooms!

Until next time,

Editor of Escape Industry News

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RECON Remote Speakers Announced

As the countdown to RECON Remote takes place, a number of new speakers have been announced, including Anne & Chris Lukeman of CU Adventures, and puzzle designer Errol Elumir.



Swedish Metal Band 'Ghost' Creates a Digital Escape Room to Promote Album

As reported by Escape Buzz, Swedish metal band Ghost has created an online escape room called Escape The Ministry to promote their latest EP Phantomime. 



Big News in VR, Escape Simulator and Room of Realities have Announced New VR Games

From one video game company to another, two videogame giants: Escape Simulator and Room of Realities have announced VR co-op experiences launching soon. The latter has a demo available now.




ER Champ Elimination Round Takes Place Later this Month

An international escape room competition hosted by ER Champ's first round of elimination takes place later this month. It will be followed by an in-person finale in Poland, the dates and location to be announced.


The French Escape Game and Immersive Leisure Fair is back for 2023!

For folks living in France, Le Salon de L'escape game is a 'do not miss' event for enthusiasts and owners alike. The French event is entirely dedicated to escape games, indoor leisure and immersive experiences. It takes place 1,700 m² , on the site of La Sucrière, in the city centre of Lyon.



🧾 In Other News

Not quite an escape room but...


📆 Upcoming Dates for your Diary

June 24th
ER Champ Eliminations
Online Event

August 19th - 20th
RECON Remote 23
Online Event

September 11th
Le Salon de l'escape game
Lyon, France

November 12th - 14th
Escape Immerse Explore
Orlando, FL


🔑 Recent Doors Unlocked 

  • Break Free has opened a new room, Magic Room, in Stoke.
  • ClueCapers have opened an outdoor puzzle room, Waking Whatsername in Winchester.
  • Clue Cracker will be opening a new room, Mega Bite, in Tunbridge Wells.
  • Cluetopia has opened a new room, Crash Landing, in Ipswich.
  • Dragged Around London has teamed up with AIM Escape in London, UK for a special pride event where you can hire a drag performer to take part in the room with you.
  • Enigma Rooms has opened a new room, Siberia, in Retford.
  • Enigma Rooms has also opened a new room, The Chapel, in Watford.
  • Escape from the Room has opened a new room, Crypt of the Cursed, in Wallington
  • Escape Newcastle has opened a new room, The Arcade, in Newcastle.
  • Escape Quest will be opening a new room this month, Henry's Fortune House of Illusion in Macclesfield.
  • Escape Reality have opened a new room, Star Crew, in Glasgow.
  • Escape Rooms Beverley has opened a new room, Sherlock Holmes and the Cabinet of Curiosities, in Beverley.
  • Locked Escapes has opened a room, The Secret Bunker, in Dunstable.
  • Mr E Rooms have opened a new room, Crime of Duty, in Scarborough.
  • Project Mayhem has opened a site with three rooms in Lincoln.
  • Puzzled Escape Rooms has opened a new site with one room in Cardiff.
  • Spy Missions has opened a site in Colchester.
  • The Escapologist will be opening a new room, Ever After, this month in Castleford.
  • Timescape has opened a new room, Pandora: Hell on Earth in Belfast.
  • Top Escape Rooms has opened a new room, School Daze, in Worcester.

  • We didn't find any new openings in Australia or New Zealand this month! Know any? Let us know!

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

A shout out to the resources & individuals who were a huge help when compiling this list:
Escape the Review (UK)

    🔊 Listen

    Last month in Podcasts, Radio & Live Shows

    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!"
    Escape This Podcast
    "A show that’s a mix of escape room puzzles and tabletop role-playing."
    Life is an Escape Room
    "The Life Is An Escape Room Podcast explores how the skills you gain playing escape rooms with intention will make you more successful in all aspects of your life."
    Reality Escape Pod
    "Your hosts David Spira & Peih-Gee Law explore immersive gaming from all angles. Our guests have made awesome stuff: ARGs, puzzle hunts, tabletop games, and of course, escape rooms."
    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.​"
    Shows & Livestreams
      • Finishing up a recent tour, the ETRers team have uploaded a wealth of tours and interviews with recent escape rooms. Watch them here.

    These podcasts may not have released new episodes this month, but are well worth checking out:
    • 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."
    • Enigmailed Puzzlecast
      • Thoughts perspectives and unpacking of ideas from the man behind Enigmailed Puzzles.
    • 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!​"

    🔎 June's Puzzle

    Summer is nearly here, and I'm planning where I'll spend my vacation. In fact, I've hidden the name of the country I'll be travelling to below.
    Where in the world am I travelling to?
    Tweet us your answer @escapeindustry

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