Know Escape launches virtual escape rooms to keep people entertained in lockdown and boosts its own chances of surviving coronavirus crisis
Family-owned escape room business Know Escape has launched a series of online games to keep people entertained during lockdown and boost its own chances of survival.
The company, which launched in 2017, has an escape room on the Woodside industrial estate in Bishop's Stortford, as well as two in Essex and a franchise in Kingston-upon-Thames, London.
To keep people entertained during the coronavirus crisis, the firm has created games that can be played by up to eight households anywhere in the world by connecting to a live games master in a virtual location.
The games, which include Alex's Bathroom, The Witch's Tower and The Supervillain's Lair, are suitable for anyone over eight and last for up to an hour.
They can be played on most smartphones, tablets and computers, but an internet connection is needed and larger screens are recommended. Multiple players can be present at each location, although the recommendation is for up to eight players for best user experience. Prices start from £55.
"We are a family-owned, small business, and while we fully appreciate the need for safety at this time of crisis, we would likely struggle to make it through without the backing of our amazing communities," said co-founder Will Hazon, whose firm employs 70 people.
"With the right support, this venture could keep our business alive and give our growing team a secure future. It can also help other businesses to keep their workforce connected as we can host virtual team-building and fun."
Showing quick thinking and adaptability, Know Escape enjoyed a sell-out opening weekend with the initial launch of the Alex's Bathroom game.
As a thank you to customers for standing by them during the current crisis, Know Escape will enrol every purchaser of an online game into its new Heroes Club, entitling them to exclusive content and discounts in the future.
"We've had great fun rapidly building this game and I hope it helps people feel closer together at a time when they can't be," said Hazon, whose company also sells a range of board games which can be ordered for home delivery.
"This is a really exciting option for us while we can't run our rooms, helping to keep our team in jobs and our business operational, as well as answering direct requests from our customers for something fun to do at home."
Go to www.knowescape.co.uk/online-escape-rooms to find out more and book a live game slot.