Business Q&A: Epic Escape Game, Denver
By THE DENVER POST | [email protected]
PUBLISHED: February 4, 2015 at 10:54 am | UPDATED: April 25, 2016 at 5:15 pm
Ron Subaba and Michelle Fleming, founders
Q: How did you get involved in this business?
A: While on vacation in the summer of 2014, we came across a live escape game activity that we played and won. Initially, we didn’t know what an escape game was, but the concept is simple: You and your friends are locked in a room for 60 minutes where you must find clues, solve puzzles and escape the room before your time is up. We always loved games and have been making games at home with our children for over 15 years. We heard about the popular mobile game applications, but we had never seen one live. The popularity of these games in the U.S. is growing as more and more operators take the concept from an individual video game experience to a live, group experience. Having been entrepreneurs for a number of years, we felt that opening an escape room would be a great ground-floor opportunity in this growing industry.
Q: What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category?
A: Most escape game operators offer one or two rooms decorated as a typical office, apartment or living room. While these rooms are still fun, Epic Escape Game is a uniquely themed adventure in which the object of the game is not just to escape, but to complete a mission. Players are in the midst of a live-action adventure in which everyone is the star of the show. We offer five rooms with uniquely different motifs that can accommodate up to eight players. In one of our more challenging rooms, “Pikes Peak or Bust: Colorado’s Gold Rush,” players follow in the footsteps of famous miner, Green Russell, locked in a miner’s cabin where they find hidden clues that lead to a series of clever puzzles to Colorado’s gold. Our escape games are great for families as well. “Toys in the Attic” is the easiest room to escape and is geared toward families with younger children.
Q: What do you like best about your line of work?
A: Playing games has been a passion of ours for a number of years. To be in an industry where playing games is the main focus is very rewarding and doesn’t seem like work at all… [Read the Full Article]