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Which nations are the world’s cleverest? Mind gaming may hold the answers.
Who’s better at working together to find solutions, engineers or IT professionals? And does the wisdom of experience trump the audacity of youth?
Red Bull Mind Gamers, the first ever Escape Room World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday, March 25 will help provide fresh new insights on the way different cultures think and approach problem solving.
You’ve heard them again and again. The cultural stereotypes: Women are better communicators. The Swiss are precise and Germans are great engineers. Young people think outside the box, while their elders possess valuable experience. How true are such perceptions?
The findings started right from the first step of qualifying for the Mission: Unlock Enoch World Finals. More than 10,000 individual players tried to solve a puzzle on the #redbullmindgamers online platform. A full 45.85% were female, blowing apart the perception that men dominate the global interest in gaming.
Can a supposedly innate talent for communication give an edge to teams with one or more female members, like Romania, where the gender split is 50-50? And will the close-knit team of friends from the Ukraine have a communication advantage over the players from Oman, who are all of different backgrounds and nationalities, or the Slovenians, who had never met before they united for the competition?
Several teams, like Oman and the Swiss, are comprised entirely of engineers. How will they fare against a team of IT experts, like France? Or a team like Spain, with two chemists, an archeologist and a geologist?
France is one of the youngest teams, with all players 21 or under. Meanwhile, teams like the Swedish and British have players in their 30s or older. Will age make a difference?
What of Turkey? While the team excelled despite the hardest road to the World Finals, they had never played an escape room game. Will they survive against a team like Great Britain, with roughly 1,000 escape rooms among them?
All will be revealed in the Mission: Unlock Enoch World Finals, which is LIVE on Red Bull TV on Saturday, March 25 at 8pm CET.
Of 2,345 teams participating in national qualifiers worldwide, a US team playing at the University of California in Berkeley produced the best time – a stunning 7 minutes, 7 seconds.
Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Oman, Norway, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA
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