Where does it come from and what are they?
Large team game contests of Fort Boyard, France. Started in 1990. Remade in many countries in Europe, North and South America in multiple versions and locations. Highly popular, but almost no chance to be a player and to enjoy. Especially not with your chosen friends.
Computer escape games, Japan and California. Developed since 2005, played alone stuck in your room behind your monitor.
Real life escape games, Hungary, Japan, Singapore, US, UK. Started in 2008 in different forms, but only as events at temporary converted locations. Since 2010 more than 200 permanent places were opened globally including half of those in Hungary.