ER Champ 2022 - the 6th edition full of fun and riddles
Keeping the world informed about events is our responsibility. It's also an opportunity to encourage new puzzle fans to take part in exciting activities. That is why we are doubly happy, as a patron, to inform you that this year's ER Champ event has been set! What else do we know about the sixth edition? Let’s check it!
What is ER Champ anyway?
For fans of puzzles who follow competitions related to escape rooms and puzzles, it does't really need to be introduced - it is an escape room competition created by the authors of Lockme, which in 2017-2019 functioned under the name PolandEscape and took place stationary in Poland is not yet commercially opened rooms and in scenarios specially prepared for the competition. With the outbreak of the pandemic, the format moved to the online world, which every year brings together competitors from all over the world looking to win the title of world escape room champions.
This year's competition, just like the previous ones, consists of two stages in the online form: online eliminations and the final. We can now make it official: teams will face off in the elimination on November 5, 2022 (4 PM UTC), and about 100 teams will move on and face off for the title of world champions on November 26, 2022 (4 PM UTC). In addition, on October 8, 2022 (4 PM UTC), so, before the eliminations, there will be a so-called stress test. Does this mean that there is only one month left until the start of this exciting time?
What does the competition look like?
Players register their teams on the championship website, which is located at http://erchamp.com. A point-and-click game is made available to players at a given time - each team gets access to the game at the same time. In the first stage, which lasts 4 hours, about 100 teams are selected to play in the finale. This one is based on identical principles - a point-and-click game, 4 hours, starts at the same time. But only the winners will then become the World Champions 2022 in the escape room!
Both stages will be preceded by a so-called stress test - it's a short and simple game, also point-and-click type, which has two main tasks: it's supposed to help organizers to optimize servers before eliminations and to familiarize players with the interface and moving around within the game.
First of all, the competition is completely free - no entry fee is charged and this is one of the most important goals of the organizers. The competition was, is and will be free, so that every puzzle lover has a chance to try their hand.
Before entering this year's competition, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the levels from previous years. This way you will know what the mechanics of the competition games look like, how to move around the board or what to expect more or less from the authors of the puzzles.
Our quick Q&A - what to know about the event?
We have also written down the answers to the questions that most often (in fact, always) arise during contests. Read them carefully, as well as the contest rules - they will surely be helpful!
- If a team has already registered on the competition website, e.g. a year ago, they do not have to do it again. They are already in the system!
- Each team gets access to the game at the same time. You can start the game later, but that team's time will still be counted from the time the game is made available to everyone.
- The game must be played by between 2 and 4 people within a team. So if someone on your 4-person team is unable to play by the deadline, you can still play as long as you have at least 2 active players.
- Each player plays on their computer, not on mobile device like a phone or tablet.
- The game is also open to younger players, but those under the age of 18 must provide the organizers with a legal guardian's consent via email at [email protected]
As patrons of the event, we are obliged to tell you that the presence is obligatory for all puzzle lovers. There will be no shortage of rivalry, puzzles of various difficulty levels and, above all, good fun. The competition is in fact the culmination of many months of work and preparation, which each time is a demanding but extraordinary journey. We hope that also this year you will also be there. Good luck!