First, the big trend in the live game experience was escape rooms, where a group of people solve a series of hidden puzzles to get out of a locked room.
Then the next big trend was ax throwing, in which a group of friends or co-workers…well, it’s right there in the name. You will understand it.
Could live game shows be the next big trend in entertainment experiences?
A Minneapolis company called Game Show Battle Rooms hopes that will be the case.
“It’s really unique,” says David Sauer, general manager of Game Show Battle Rooms. “We’re one of the only game show experience companies. You don’t have to earn your place on our show. You can just come and play a show.”
Game Show Battle Rooms is a live, fully-contained game show experience where groups of friends, family, and co-workers compete as teams in multiple competitions based on classic game shows. The Dallas location slated to open between mid and late June on Alpha Road in Farmers Branch will be the company’s fourth space. The company has locations in Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Kansas City, Missouri.
“We had been looking in Dallas for over a year, but we couldn’t find the right space,” Sauer says. “We’re super excited.”
The Dallas version of Game Show Battle Rooms will have three rooms in which groups of competitors will compete in games such as Match Up Wars, in which players try to guess the answers of their fellow contestants to fill in the blank prompts, and the prize guessing game What is this cost? and Spin and Solve complete with giant wheel and puzzle board.
“It’s also very interactive with professional lighting,” says Sauer. “The winner can take a photo with the giant trophy for bragging rights.”
The experience is produced as a game show with a producer arranging and setting up the contestants, professional lighting and life-size game show props and interactive media.
“It’s family-friendly and competitive,” Sauer says. “So it’s a very exciting experience. Our mission is to ensure that you have an unforgettable time with your family, friends and colleagues.”
Sauer says Dallas seems like a logical choice for Game Show Battle Rooms. The news also follows the announcement that the long-running CBS daytime game show The price is right is on a live tour that will come to Dallas this summer with its most beloved pricing games in honor of its 50th anniversary.
“Obviously it’s a great metropolitan area with a lot of potential for people who love game shows,” he says. “So we feel good about the market. There are a lot of companies in Dallas and we do a lot of team building events. So we thought we could also create a lot of team building groups and families for our game show.”