Getting ready for the Escape Room World Finals!

Budapest will host first-ever Escape Room World Championship in March 2017.
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More than 9.000 players, 2.250 teams competed in over 75 events hosted in 22 countries all around the world.
The national champions from 22 countries + 2 Wildcard teamswill battle for top honors at the “Mission: Unlock Enoch World Finals” in Budapest in March 2017.

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For the first time, the best players in the booming sport of escape room gaming will have a chance to prove their mastery in a World Championship, as the Red Bull Mind Gamers platform serves up the “Mission: Unlock Enoch World Finals” in Budapest, Hungary.

More than 9,000 players puzzled through qualifiers spanning over 75 events, and 22 national champion teams of four persons each + 2 Wildcard teams have emerged to take on a never-before-seen escape room designed by the best minds in the field.

Budapest, where the escape room phenomenon took its start, is an inspirational backdrop for world-level competition in the brand-new Red Bull Mind Gamers platform that offers thought-provoking interactive content for those who wish to engage and challenge their minds, as well as games developed by industry-leading innovators including the world-renowned MIT Game Lab and the Technical University of Vienna.

Mission Unlock Enoch is a race against time that challenges four problem-solving skills: creativity, logic, visual thinking and strategy. Developed by Fox in a Box, the Escape Room World Finals in Budapest were designed by a team led by Dr. Scott Nicholson, a guru in the field.

Nicholson explains that the World Finals takes inspiration from modern escape room design, with an emphasis on team-based challenges: “Our goal was to create challenges that made sense within the world of quantum computing, combine physical and mental elements, convey a consistent story, reduce dependence on a specific language, and be engaging for viewers,” says the designer, who was a visiting professor at MIT, and is a Professor of Game Design and Development at the BGNlab at Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario. “We de-emphasized the typical searching elements and quiet cerebral puzzles, avoided padlocks and black lights, and instead thought about ways to embrace the concept of challenging the body and mind.”

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The Mission: Unlock Enoch World Finals begins with Semi-Finals on Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24. The top two teams battle it out in the World Championship Final on March 25.

Red Bull TV will stream Red Bull Mind Gamers live across the globe on March 25, 2017.

Countries represented: Austria, Azerbaijan, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Oman, Norway, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia

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