Today, escape rooms are more popular than ever and enthusiasts around the world clammer for the next puzzle or riddle to solve. Escape rooms have come a long way from their early internet browser game origins. It has only been a decade since the first IRL (In Real Life) escape room was created in Japan and it wasn’t until 2012 that they reached the United States. In the years since, they’ve spread across the country like wildfire, with ever-increasing puzzle difficulty and production value. In major metropolitan areas, they’re now as widespread as Target, and have transitioned from novelty to a staple of date nights and corporate team-building exercises.
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As with any leisure activity, escape rooms have picked up their share of fanatics. These enthusiasts travel the globe to tackle the best rooms on offer, cataloging and comparing notes on each new venture within their tight-knit online community.
One superfan travels the world playing escape room after escape room and recently returned from the UK and France to try the Euro-Escape Rooms. “It’s an expensive hobby,” the superfan acknowledges, “but I don’t really mind.” The superfan’s newfound obsession has taken her across America and around the world. “Relationships are made and broken in escape rooms,” the superfan explains. “Before my boyfriend even knew of my craving to escape rooms, I tested the waters with him by bringing him to one. Needless to say, he passed. Now I have him on my team.”
Escape Rooms Designed by Arc-Studios
Some enthusiasts crave escape room puzzles so much so that it changed the course of their lives. After being introduced to the rooms with a three-in-a-row blitz, another superfan in San Diego picked up a part-time job as an escape room “game master”—the person who explains rules, offers hints, and monitors the progress of customers. He performed this role at a few locations before he was enlisted by another escape room company to help design a new room and its puzzles. He soon became an in-demand consultant for escape room builders across the SoCal region. Eventually, an investor approached him with the opportunity to open and design a room of his very own, so the superfan quit his day job to work on escape rooms full-time.
Installing an escape room takes a design team with creative ideas, experience, and expertise in developing the right escape room to fit the business need, which is to drive more customers and get the community talking. Arc-Studios is one of the top escape room designers in the United States, offering fabrication, theming and installation services to ensure your escape room draws crowds of customers. Arc-Studios has partnered with Escape Reality, which has one of the largest portfolio’s of highly immersive escape rooms and delivers a functioning business, not just great rooms. All without franchise fees or royalties.
An escape room typically costs $24 to $26 per customer and can accommodate up to 4 – 8 customers per game and can last 60 – 70 minutes depending on the room’s difficulty level. An escape room can generate anywhere from $250 – $360 for max groups every hour. This is a perfect group setting for team building events and providing businesses in the community with a one-stop-shop experience. Escape rooms are also ideal for friends and family too, and is a perfect way to strengthen relationships and communication with one another.
Many of the current escape room vendors have only a few rooms to choose from that can range from one extreme to the other. Inexpensive very simple DIY rooms with basic theming, all locks and keys, cheap furniture and fixtures and a low-level game experience. On the other side are vendors with rooms costing $70K to $100K per room. They look great but are very expensive, sometimes overly complex and often the storylines are lacking. Then there are the franchises, which come with startup fees, ongoing royalties, and separate booking systems, POS, etc. This can be a big change in an FEC and make it a challenge to operationalize effectively.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to do an escape room?
Most games cost $25 to $30 per person for a one-hour game and typically allow 10 to 12 players at a time. For family entertainment center owners, the chief costs are employee payroll to manage the rooms and the one-time expense of building the room out.
Are all escape rooms scary?
It is a real-life team game: locked in a room with a theme, you have to follow a series of tracks and puzzles in order to escape in the allotted time. For most people, this is definitely a scary scenario. But customers actually pay to be put into one of these rooms with unpleasant ambiance. This is what makes escape rooms so great, the experience is exciting for the customers and in some themed rooms, can be scary.
How many escape rooms are there in the World?
In 2014, there were 22 escape room companies in the United States. That number has grown to 2,000 worldwide.
How long is the escape room?
Generally, after arriving at the escape room, you are given a briefing on the rules and then s storyline, this process may take up to 15 minutes. Actual game-play lasts for a maximum of 60-70 minutes depending on the room, but your team may escape faster, depending on player skills, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities.