22 elite escape room teams flew in from around the world to take on the Red Bull Escape Room World Championship. The rooms were some of the world’s most challenging never seen before escape rooms. It say a Slovakian team called Brainteaselava take the number 1 spot!
Brainteaselava and Croatian team TG 170 defeated 21 of the best teams from around the world in difficult qualifiers on the Friday before going head to head in ‘Omni’s Escape‘ which was deemed the world’s toughest escape room. The room was built specifically for he championship by escape room mastermind Dr Scott Nicholson and his team. Brainteaselava pipped TG 170 to the post by completing the room in 27mins and 16 seconds, 10minutes faster than their Croatian counterparts.
Red Bull World Championship
Teams from over 20 countries including UK, Australia, Germany, India, Estonia, USA and Brazil, all competed for the trophy. They qualified for the championship in unique qualifier events in their respective countries last year. The Semi Final saw teams undertake three custom built 10min challenges. These challenges were designed to determine who were the two fastest teams. These two teams would then go on to the final ‘Omni’s Escape’. Which was designed to take a look at players problem solving skills: creativity, logic, visual thinking, musicality, memory and strategy.
“It’s amazing. We haven’t been world champions yet so it’s a great feeling. It was really exciting across the whole two days, we didn’t know what to expect….We weren’t sure how well we did and the other team was really strong, but in the end it turns out we were faster, and the fastest!” Emil Haas from Brainteaselava.
“We are pretty satisfied with the results. We came up short but it doesn’t matter, we had a lot of fun and they deserved it, they were a better team than us for sure” Dominik Erbeznik from TG 170.
“With the World Finals this year we tackled an ethical question, does AI have rights? Omni is an AI agent that wants to leave White Hat Laboratories and we hope that players will think about this when they order their devices around! We also worked very hard this year to reduce the cultural bias around the escape room so that everyone had a chance to win.” Dr Scott Nicholson.
Red Bull World Championship Timings
Red Bull Escape Room World Championship Finals Times:
- 1- Slovakia – 27:16:85
- 2- Croatia – 38:06:25
Red Bull Escape Room World Championship Semi-Finals Times:
- 1- Croatia – 21:57:23
- 2- Slovakia – 23:26:19
- 3- Belgium – 23:34:91
- 4- UK – 23:42:63
- 5- Estonia – 23:42:98
- 6- Greece – 24:09:61
- 7- Latvia – 24:25:85
- 8- France – 24:44:23
- 9- USA – 25:06:98
- 10- Wildcard – 25:44:74
- 11- Brazil – 25:51:62
- 12- Switzerland – 26:08:06
- 13- Germany – 26:34: 20
- 14- Portugal – 26:36:07
- 15- Ukraine – 27:31:26
- 16- Lithuania – 27:43:93
- 17- Slovenia – 27:58:80
- 18- Austria – 28:03:13
- 19- Turkey – 28:04:05
- 20- India – 28:32:08
- 21- Australia – 20:08:41
- 22- Russia – 29:38:93
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