Founder: Steven Jennings
Date Established: 1997
Date Closed: Still Active
Number of Locations: Active Manufacturer - Please contact the manufacturer for number of locations.
Steven Jennings – Managing Director
Rob Voisey – Product Designer
First Location: Q-2000 Poole, UK
Equipment: Quoted from the Q2000 marketing material. ”The Q2000 phaser has a large array of features, including 8 different phaser modes and over 10 additional bonus modes.” The vests came in either red or green and the phaser was a two handed phaser that was used in both their static and mobile arenas.
History: Q2000’s founder, Steven Jennings, had previously set up and ran Q-Zar facilities in Spain and in London.
In 1993 Meno Electronics Limited was incorporated. Meno was created in order for Q-Zar facilities to have an alternative choice for spares and repairs. Since Meno worked closely with many of the Q-Zar facilites, Steven was able to see that the customers wanted more game formats for the laser games.
As Q-Zar dissolved in 1997, Meno Electronics took advantage of the situation by producing their own laser tag equipment.
According to the Meno Electronics website, “Meno Electronics began to collaborate with computer programmers and hardware designers who were designing a software upgrade for existing Q-Zar Systems. Their design known as “Chromaburst” was very impressive but involved repairing a large amount of the original hardware with very expensive equipment. After several meetings and telephone conversations, Rob Voisey and the boys decided to redesign a cost effective system for Meno Electronics and Q2000 was born. Originally designed as a software upgrade for Q-Zar, it became so popular that Meno Electronics decided to develop and manufacture their own system based on the Q2000 software.”
In December 2016, Meno Electronics announced a partnership with Quasar Elite located in Harlowe, Essex, UK whereby Meno Elecrtonics would service and support Quasar Elite locations. The following is a quote taken from a press release issed by Meno:
"Steven Jennings founded Meno in 1992, originally to support and service Quasar Centres before moving on to manufacturing Q2000 Laser Tag systems. Steven Jennings is delighted that Meno has come full circle!"
From The Curator: I had the chance to spend an entire day with Steve Jennings, Rob Voissey and the staff of Q-2000 and left quite impressed. A day long interview was conducted on November 30, 2012 in Watford, UK and Pistone, UK. Steve and Rob were understandably proud of what they had accomplished from the inception. While Rob is no longer officially with Q-2000, it was very evident that Steve and Rob had maintained a friendship and vested interest in the success of Q-2000.
Steve had gotten into the laser tag industry like many other individuals...by accident and happenstance. Steve's uncle owned a local Quasar and called upon Steve to help fix and maintain the laser tag system. Over time, a Quasar Vice President asked Steve to repair the equipment at the VP's own laser game facility. Steve had also spent time in Italy assisting Quasar locations in keeping those operators profitable.
Steve was in touch with a number of Quasar operators and was in a great position to aid them as Quasar shut down internationally. From his desire to help the operators and his astute background in electronics, Q-2000 was born and has flourished. Now Q-2000 locations are all over the world.
On a personal level, as a former Q-Zar player and employee, it was most enjoyable to spend the day sharing old stories with Steve and Rob. I did not think anyone else was as passionate about preserving a portion of the Quasar laser tag history until Steve cooked dinner. Afterwards, he opened his warehouse and brought out the pallettes and totes stashed with old Quaser packs, electronics and marketing materials. He generously allowed me to pick through boxes; he sent his staff up to get packs out of boxes on several industrial shelves and he even brought back a Quasar Mark 1 phaser and vest back to life after being stashed in a box for several years.
In conclussion, I found Q-2000 to be aggressive in the marketplace yet friendly towards the Laser Tag Museum. The items donated by Steve to the Laser Tag Museum was beyond anything anyone could have imagined, His generosity was unbridle.