Omani gamers to slug it out in Budapest

MUSCAT: For the first time, the best players in the booming new 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.
The top national team battled it out during the Red Bull Mind Gamers 2017 Local Qualifier.
Fallah Hassan al Siyabi (22), Abdallah Ahmed Sulaiman al Waaili (25), Mujtaba Qambar Awahd (29) will now go on to battle it out in the first-ever Escape Room World Championship in Budapest in March 2017.
More than 9,000 players puzzled through qualifiers spanning over 75 events, and 22 national champion teams of four persons each have emerged to take on a never-before-seen escape room designed by the best minds in the field.
Players first needed to prove their skills through a single-player online game in order to qualify for one of more than 40 local events hosted worldwide.
The top players then proceeded through to the Oman qualifier and were invited to recruit a team of up to three additional players to compete at the real-life event held t at Professional Gaming in Al Khoud and Middle East College – Multimedia Studio.
‘Mission Unlock Enoch’, was created by Playful Solutions and inspired by ‘Mind Gamers’ the movie by Terra Mater and by an Escape Room Game Jam hosted at MIT Game Lab. The final Escape Room will be created by Scott Nicholson, Associate Professor from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and director of the Because Play Matters game lab.
The four best players of a global online high-score list also win a “Wildcard“ for the Mission Unlock Enoch World Finals and get invited to compete against the best mind gamers from all participating nations.
This year’s edition, includes participants from Austria, Azerbaijan, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Oman, Norway, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA.