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Escape Industry News
Greetings escapists! πŸ‘‹

Something spooky this way comes, and Halloween is once again around the corner πŸ‘»

From frighteningly good pop-ups, to live actors in rooms for a bonus scare... Businesses all around the world are going the extra mile to attract new players to their escape rooms. After all, there's a good reason many horror films start with the premise of being locked in a room. October is the perfect time to dial up the fun.

October also sees some important dates for the annual Escape Room Championship contest, and the beginning of TERPECA awards season.

But perhaps most importantly, in October the industry celebrates 'Escape Room Day'. October 1st was picked due to it's particularly puzzling date. Taking the values of each of the letters in ESCAPE ROOM (where E=5, S=19) and so on, the sum of the word comes to 110. From here, 110 became 1-10, or 1st October.

So all that's left for us to say is to wish you all a very happy Escape Room Day.

Until next month! πŸ‘‹

Editor of Escape Industry News

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ER Champ

The Escape Room Championship season starts very soon. This year, ER Champ has 2 stages:
πŸŽ–οΈ Eliminations (November 5, 4 PM UTC)
πŸ† Grand Final (November 26, 4 PM UTC)

Around 100 teams selected during the eliminations will get into the final and will compete for prizes. Sign up below.



Played more than 50 escape rooms? Don't forget to register for TERPECA!


Played more than 200? You're eligible to be a nominator this year. The 2022 TERPECA nomination window is open from now until October 31 at 11:59 PM Pacific time. Results of the nomination phase and voting will open on November 1st.



The 2022 Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition Entries are Live

This year saw 66 puzzle design entries in the annual Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition held at the International Puzzle Party. The International Puzzle Party was first established back in 1978 by noted puzzle collector and scholar, Jerry Slocum, who hosted the first gathering in his living room for a hand-picked selection of collectors. View this year's entries here.



Reality Escape Pod Returns for Season 4

Season Four of Reality Escape Pod returns with a RECON Boston recap! David and Peih-Gee are joined by Lisa Spira and Theresa Wagner to talk all things escape rooms. Catch up below.



🧾 In Other News


πŸ“† Upcoming Dates for your Diary

October 29th
The Great Escape Challenge
West Midlands, UK

October 31st
TERPECA Nominations Due

November 4 - 5th
Denver Immersive Gathering
Denver, USA

November 5th
ER Champ Eliminations
Online Digital Competition

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

November 26th
ER Champ Finale
Online Digital Competition

November 30th

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


πŸ”‘ Recent Doors Unlocked 

  • Aviation American Gin has opened an escape room in Portland, OR.
  • Boxed in Escape Rooms opened a new room a few months back, the Search for Sasquatch, in Festus, MO.
  • Breakout Escape has opened a new Halloween room in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Carnegie Science Centre has opened an escape room, Escape USS Requin, in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Captivating Worlds has announced a new room, Deep Underground, in New Albany, OH.
  • Chiller Night is hosting an escape room this month in Cranberry, PA.
  • Deadlock Escape has opened a new room, Posession, in St Charles, MO.
  • Downtown Escapes has opened a new room in Goldsboro, NC.
  • Encrypt Escape Room has opened with two escape rooms in Norfolk, NE.
  • Escape Duck have opened a new room, Fatal Invitation, in Rowland Heights, CA.
  • Haunted Hydro has two pop-up escape rooms this month in Fremont, OH.
  • Limitless has replaced two of their rooms for Halloween with Monster Squad, and Curse of Davy Jones' Locker, in Livermore, CA.
  • Lock & Key is a new site that has opened in Southdale Mall, MN.
  • Max Action Arena has been announced for Icon Park, including several escape rooms, adventure rooms, and VR games, in Orlando FL.
  • MPower Escape has transformed The Cabin into The Haunted Cabin for Halloween, in Morgan Hill, CA.
  • NCCI has a pop-up escape room for Halloween in Plattsburgh, NY.
  • Peddlers & Parchments will have a new room launching soon in Brooklyn, NY. 
  • Ravenchase Adventures has opened a new room, The Trials of Astrid, in Richmond, VA.
  • Reason has opened a new 10-30 player room, Sonar, in San Francisco, CA.
  • The Escape Game opened two new rooms in Houston, TX.
  • The Hotel Who, an overnight escape room style murder mystery game has opened in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Twisted Time Escape Rooms has opened with a Dracula themed room, with more planned soon in El Paso, TX.
  • Westport Museum has a pop up escape room, Witch Panic, this month in Westport, CT.

  • Art Immortal has announced a β€˜haunted-house-meets-escape-room’ at the Beaumont Studios in Vancouver BC.
  • Bell Canadiens Escape is a new escape room experience in the Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.
  • Eliviascape has opened a new room, Abstraction, in Quebec, QC.
  • Puzzle Pint has a new Instagram account for the Toronto group, in Toronto, ON.

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

    πŸ”Ž October's Puzzle

    Escape Room Day is celebrated on October 1st because the sum of all the letters in it's name add up to the date. But, what other annual festivals and important dates give us the same puzzling output?

    Tweet us at @escapeindustry with your answer!

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