Having taken the plunge to give up the security of his career in banking in order to build his business, Chris (MPhys Physics, 2006) decided to approach the new COVID-19 normal as an opportunity to create a brand new product, built upon the same player-driven story principles, but designed within the constraints of the lockdown and optimised for players sitting at home with a computer and a monitor.
Agent Venture, an online immersive escape game, where the players function as the support team for a secret agent on a covert operation to infiltrate the office tower of an evil corporation, is the result. And its popularity has brought exciting opportunities for Chris and his four strong team.Chris started his professional career in banking, but it was more by chance than by choice. He graduated in 2010, when recession was in full swing and graduate jobs in short supply, landing a job on the accounting graduate scheme at Barclays.“I always intended to get out after I qualified as an accountant but the banking world always seems to generate incentives for you to stick around for ‘just a bit longer’. I knew that I was not going to get anywhere in business without taking risks.”
I knew that I was not going to get anywhere in business without taking risks.
“When I had the idea for The Adventure Is Real, I’d had enough of attempting to climb the corporate ladder and wanted to focus on that. I lined up a contracting role that I could do during the day to then spend the rest of my time working on the business.”
I much prefer doing this to working in accounting but I regret not having done it sooner