Now Available: The 2020 State of the Industry RECON Session Video

This fall RECON is rereleasing each Featured Talk from this summer’s RECON ’20 Global. These talks will all be made accessiblefor free on the Room Escape Artist YouTube.

Our talk titled 2020: The State of the Escape Room Industry is now available!

Featured Talk Information

Photo of Lisa and David of Room Escape Artist in their wedding clothes dramatically escaping a bank vault.
Photo by Michael Zawadzki

Details: Originally presented on Monday, August 24 at 10:00 (New York)

Speakers: Lisa and David Spira

Company: Room Escape Artist

Abstract: The main theme of RECON ‘20 is one word: Adapt. Adaptation is what the state of the escape room industry demands today. Lisa and David Spira discuss how the industry had been trending at the start of the year, themes that have emerged during 2020, and their predictions for the future. They share data-driven findings, as well as their thoughts and intuitions from writing, playing, traveling, and conversing with this community. Here is a deeper look at how this industry is uniquely positioned in a global crisis, and how that drives creators to adapt.

Watch Party & Conversation

One of the most amazing parts of RECON was experiencing the Featured Talks with others. For this talk in particular, this perk of a digital RECON was surreal for us, since we could chat with you as our own talk streamed. And we’re excited to do it again tomorrow night!

Plus, if you thought our live Q&A was too short, you’re in luck. We’ll continue that conversation live tomorrow night in the RECON Discord.


Date: Wednesday, September 23

Time: You can join the watch party starting at exactly 8:15pm (NYC time), or just join in on the post-video conversation at 9:00pm (NYC time).

Location: The RECON Discord

If you’re not already registered for RECON, you can register here.

6 Year US Escape Room Industry Report

On August 24, after delivering this session at RECON, we published the 6 Year US Escape Room Industry Report.

The data we’ve collected to create the Room Escape Artist Directory is the backbone of this data-backed look at this industry, and how it’s changed over the past 6 years.

New Data Initiatives

We mention in the talk that we are looking for folks willing to share their data to contribute to industry research efforts. If you’re interested in being contacted about future industry research opportunities, please fill out this form:

About RECON ’20

RECON ’20 was Room Escape Artist’s digital escape room convention featuring 15 pre-recorded talks, live Q&As, and over 30 exhibitors. We had over 900 attendees from 62 countries watching and participating live.

Each of the 15 talks will be made available for free on our YouTube channel this fall. We’ll release one each week.

Please subscribe to the RECON Newsletter to receive updates on RECON ’21 – we are just getting started.

Support RECON

This event including all the Featured Talks were produced for free, but we couldn’t do this without the support of our Patreon Backers. If you receive value from these videos, and have the means to support this effort, we would love to have you join our Patreon community.

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