Alumnus launches immersive escape room
After continuing his studies at Portsmouth through to postgraduate level, alumnus Gareth Beeston is now Managing Director at Other World Escapes and here he tells us about his journey since leaving the University of Portsmouth.
Ever since graduating in 2012 from the University, I have always wanted to reconnect with Portsmouth. I studied a Media Studies and Entertainment Technology degree followed by a Marketing (Digital Media) Postgraduate degree at the Business School.
I have always had a passion for business and my Master's gave me a great wealth of knowledge and helped me to discover my drive to become an entrepreneur.
Since completing my studies, I went onto work in many roles across the University; Online Course Developer at the Business School and then as a Web Communications Officer at the Faculty of Technology. I loved working for the University, and it further drove me to continue my studies at the University of Southampton where I studied for a Master's in Web Science and a PhD in Social Innovation, graduating in 2018.
Alongside my PhD, I also set up my own digital marketing agency and started a part-time role as course leader in Digital Marketing at The University of The West Indies in Barbados.
All of this brings me up to the present day and my latest enterprise - Other World Escapes: immersive escape rooms where you enter through a portal to another world. You must work as a team to complete challenges, talk with in-game characters and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the realistic setting.
We opened our first escape room in Southampton in 2017. We currently have a Mayan temple and a 1930's Steampunk cigar lounge called Vermilion and consistently achieve 5-star ratings on TripAdvisor.
Our exciting new Portsmouth escape room will open on 17 November 2018. The brand new Other World Escapes site on Commercial Road will take players on a journey into the strange, mysterious and elusive world of The Syndicate.
Through meticulous planning and design, we’ve created a realistic 1920s street in the lobby, complete with a pub and a cigar lounge. As you wander the streets of Downtown you will be able to enter each of the stores and take part in an immersive adventure that will test your brain, your body and your teamwork.
Taking pride of place at the top end of Commercial Road, and hoping to employ upwards of 30 staff by the end of 2019, Other World Escapes will provide some of the most thrilling, exciting, immersive, educationally-rewarding and psychologically-enriching must do experiences in Portsmouth.