Mind games: Bitcoin education at an escape room in Lebanon


Bitcoin (BTC) sets people free. At least, that was the story of Lebanon’s first bitcoin-themed escape room in Beirut.

Lebanese bitcoiners from the Bitcoin du Liban group take up the latest bitcoin education challenge bitcoin escape the system, The best part? The team of four exits the escape room in the fastest time ever.


For starters, an “escape game” or “escape room” is a team game where players work together to solve puzzles, clues and puzzles, usually based on a theme such as spies, zombies and now, bitcoin. . As the name suggests, the mission is to “escape” from the game’s site within a certain amount of time.

Sully Kobayashi, MENA advisor at Swan Bitcoin and moderator of Bitcoin Do Liban, told Cointelegraph that “all of us (except one) had never played Escape Room before. We entered the room without relying on our bitcoin knowledge.”

However, they are likely to have a slight advantage over those new to bitcoin. The theme of the escape game revolves around fiat money, time-chain technology (commonly referred to as blockchain), SHA-256 (Bitcoin hashing algorithm) and self-custody.

Escape cast: @marco_bdl @Sooly_Kobayashi @Thomssmn @al3apodcast @BitcoinduLiban. Source: Suli Kobayashi

While the escape game is a bit of fun, according to Suli, it is another example of the Lebanese bitcoin community’s creative approach to onboard more bitcoiners. Sully, who is also a moderator at Bitcoin du Liban, told Cointelegraph that “education is challenging in a country that hasn’t invested much in this area.”

“And with a history filled with instability, the population of Lebanon has been busy surviving in economic unrest. Therefore, bitcoin education needs a creative modern approach.”

As shown in the following graph, government education expenditure in Lebanon is lower than in Argentina; A country that also suffers from serious problems related to inflation and instability. So it’s up to people to take financial education, and creative orange-pilling techniques from grassroots activities into their own hands.

Source: Suli Kobayashi

In fact, bitcoiners from Lebanon to Slovakia are taking bitcoin education from the scruff of their necks, trying to spread the word of sound money. Bitcoin books, games and even family-friendly days are places for bitcoin veterans or those new to the technology to learn in a way that best suits them.

A team solving a puzzle during an escape game. Source: Kobayashi

For escape games, due to the sometimes high-stress, adrenaline-fueled nature of escape games (if you know, you know), it’s possible for participants to absorb information quickly and retain it for a long time. Keep it As a result, a bitcoin-themed escape game can be a quirky but quick way to educate people about bitcoin. Sully explains:

“It has been scientifically proven that humans learn better in two scenarios. First, when we are emotionally motivated. […] Second, when we are expected to pass on information to someone else, our brain tends to focus on knowledge and remember it better.”

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To date, Escape Room’s founder, Saeed Nassar, an international business engineer, had only seen “a few” bitcoiners play the game. Despite bitcoin’s favorable appeal, the game was enjoyed by newcomers to bitcoin, or “no-coiners”, as they are sometimes known.

Sully said that some players are “shitcoiners”, including those interested in Ethereum (ETH):

No one will play this escape room or know about bitcoin.”

For some bitcoiners, exiting the bitcoin escape room is an irony. For some, the whole world may already feel like an escape room, and bitcoin is the only way out. bitcoin escape the system joins a new list of bitcoin-themed escape rooms bitcoin robbery In Macedonia, and the DIY Bitcoin Escape Room, Badass Daddy’s Bitcoins.