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Canada and Latvia cheer as ‘Monopoly’ goes global

After an online vote conducted earlier this year, Hasbro, Inc announced that the most expensive properties on the new "Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition," game board will be represented by Montreal and Latvia's capital, Riga.
/ Source: TODAY staff and wire

After a worldwide online vote conducted earlier this year, Hasbro, Inc announced that Montreal will represent the most expensive property on the new “Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition.” Lativa's national capital, Riga also joins Montreal on the dark blue property group.

The game's most expensive properties are normally Boardwalk and Park Place in the prestigious blue property group of the Parker Brothers' version that was patented by Charles Darrow in 1935.

More than 5.6 million votes were cast for 70 cities worldwide to determine which 22 would be featured in the first-ever world edition game.

“The classic version of the game has been around for over 70 years and it will still exist for many, many more,” said Helen Martin, vice president of global marketing for Monopoly at Hasbro.

“It's a way to take a trip around the world and experience some of the cities that they'd love to visit as a family. Where else could you buy Sydney and London and maybe even trade it to own New York?” she said.

In the game, players vie to get rich by acquiring, renting and trading properties and cash. Hasbro estimates it has been played by some 750 million people worldwide, with versions in 37 different languages available in 50 countries.

The 22 cities that earned spots on the board are: Montreal, Riga (dark blue property group); Cape Town, Belgrade, Paris (green); Jerusalem, Hong Kong, Beijing (yellow); London, New York, Sydney (red); Vancouver, Shanghai, Rome (orange); Toronto, Kiev, Istanbul (magenta); Athens, Barcelona, Tokyo (light blue), and Taipei and Gdynia, Poland (brown).

The new edition of the board game which will be available in stores later this month will also include updated chance and community chest cards that highlight events and culturally relevant scenarios from around the world. Players may celebrate at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, organize an international music festival or host a St. Patrick’s Day festival in Dublin. Additionally, the tokens, houses and hotels reflect icons and styles from all seven continents

A digital version of the game, available for download on mobile phones or online, will be available in early September.