PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With nearly 4 million votes cast in 182 countries, MONOPOLY fans around the world have selected their favorite cities to become property spaces in the upcoming MONOPOLY HERE & NOW games, launching this fall. The final list of cities was revealed today by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) on the MONOPOLY brand’s official birthday and the first ever World MONOPOLY Day. Lima fans united to place Peru’s capital city as the top property in the World Edition game while Pierre, S.D. secured the most votes for the top space in the U.S. Edition game.
Powered by social news and entertainment company BuzzFeed, the MONOPOLY HERE & NOW property space vote invited fans to pick the cities that will be featured in the MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: World Edition game and U.S. Edition games. In addition to voting on the list of destinations, MONOPOLY fans were invited to “write in” their favorite cities big and small for the two brown property spaces in the games during “Wild Card Week.”
The collaboration between Hasbro and BuzzFeed celebrates the MONOPOLY brand’s 80th anniversary. On this day in 1935, now officially celebrated as World MONOPOLY Day, Parker Brothers acquired the rights for the MONOPOLY game from Charles Darrow and began selling the game shortly after in the United States. Since its debut, the MONOPOLY brand has captivated more than 1 billion players in 114 countries and has been translated in 47 languages.
“Inviting our fans to get involved in the creation of the newest MONOPOLY game was a great way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the brand,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president of global marketing for gaming at Hasbro. “It was amazing to see both fans and local organizations around the world rally behind their cities and we were wowed by the overwhelming pride people displayed during the Here & Now vote.”
“Our community members, school district, local media and several state government offices all worked together to make Pierre the Boardwalk space on the MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: U.S. Edition game, and we’re thrilled to be the top spot!’ said Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill. ‘Thank you, Hasbro and BuzzFeed, for giving Pierre a shot at being in the game, and thank you to all the loyal Pierre fans who buoyed our city straight to the top!”
Based on the vote, the winning cites that will be featured in the games include:
MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: World Edition
- Dark Blue: Lima, Peru; Hong Kong, China
- Green: Riga, Latvia; Lisbon, Portugal; Istanbul, Turkey
- Yellow: Warsaw, Poland; Mexico City, Mexico; Santiago, Chile
- Red: Belfast, Ireland; Athens, Greece; Belgrade, Serbia
- Orange: London, England; Moscow, Russia; Tokyo, Japan
- Magenta: New York, NY, U.S.A; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia
- Light Blue: Queenstown, New Zealand; Cape Town, South Africa; Taipei, Taiwan
- Brown: Giethoorn, Netherlands; Madrid, Spain
MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: U.S. Edition
- Dark Blue: Pierre, SD; Minneapolis, MN
- Green: New York, NY; Virginia Beach, VA; Los Angeles, CA
- Yellow: Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Charleston, SC
- Red: Detroit, MI; Boston, MA; Milwaukee, WI
- Orange: Cleveland, OH; Asheville, NC; Denver, CO
- Magenta: Atlanta, GA; Little Rock, AR; Seattle, WA
- Light Blue: Portsmouth, NH; Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX
- Brown: Waconia, MN; Chesapeake, VA
Fans can find the results of the MONOPOLY HERE & NOW property space vote at VoteMonopoly.com.
The MONOPOLY HERE & NOW games will be available this fall and will feature iconic landmark tokens and new gameplay where players race round the board to visit as many locations as possible, collecting passport stamps along the way. Players will collect cash from visitor fees when opponents land on their locations and the first player to fill their passport wins.
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