Monopoly celebrates 75 years with themed events around the world
For the past 75 years, people of all ages from around the world have collected $200 when passing “GO!”, anxiously waited to get out of “jail”, and secretly wished that all of the money in the Monopoly game could be real. To celebrate this monumental milestone of a cultural icon, Hasbro is celebrating with a series of Monopoly-themed events around the world and online as from last Wednesday.
At 75 years young, Monopoly continues to provide fans with new and innovative ways to play the game. The most recent modern twist on the classic game is Monopoly Revolution edition, which features a round game board, electronic banking, music and sound effects.
“We love that Monopoly is a game that people around the world enjoy playing in ways that best fit their lifestyle, whether that’s online, on a mobile device or gathered around a game board with friends and family,” said Jane Ritson-Parsons, Global Brand Leader for Monopoly.
“Since its introduction in 1935, Monopoly has been enjoyed by more than one billion people in 111 countries. We hope that fans of the game will join in our 75th anniversary celebration of Monopoly.”
Londoners are challenged to find the “GO!” in the city based on the location and placement of the properties in London found on the Monopoly game board. The first 75 people to cross GO! will receive £200. Fans can hitch a ride on a free Monopoly double-decker bus for a trip around the city.
Drivers in Sydney, Australia will be treated to Free Parking in areas around downtown. Be on the lookout for the Monopoly signs to take advantage of the free parking!
In the United States, Mr. Monopoly will participate in the Atlantic City Thunder Over The Boardwalk air show by parachuting into the crowd to bring Monopoly money to guests invited to play in a 75th anniversary commemorative game.
In Mexico and Singapore, fans are invited to meet and interact with Mr Monopoly.
Online at Pogo.com, participate in a special Monopoly game night to earn chances to win copies of Monopoly board games as well as earn extra tokens. Downloadable games will be on sale and players can earn a special anniversary Badge Challenge token and unlock a special game mover.
Monopoly is asking its fans to describe what they would do if the money in their Monopoly game – which totals $20,580 – were turned into Real money. Visit www.monopoly.com for details and to enter. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
The contest began on July 15 and entries will be accepted until September 3.