SALT LAKE CITY — Anyone who has played Monopoly knows the game can take a really long time. Sometimes, cheating your way to victory may be the only option.
Hasbro recently decided to honor those fans by creating a cheater's edition of Monopoly — scheduled to be released this fall — that rewards you for breaking the rules.
"A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2018, we decided it was time to give fans what they've been craving all along — a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating," Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of Hasbro Gaming, told Insider.
Like all versions of Monopoly, players will attempt to finish the game with the most amount of money. However, the game will include 15 new cheat cards, which ask players to skip spaces or slip some bills under the table.
Other cheats include stealing money from the bank, removing a hotel from a property or taking an extra $100 from someone else’s stash.
According to Fortune, the game will have no designated banker and some properties are free.
“We’ve finally decided to embrace our less-than-honest fans by encouraging them to partake in those iconic (yet sometimes unspoken) Monopoly moments that occur during family game nights,” Berkowitz said, according to Fortune. “We’re excited to see what fans can get away with and how they’ll react to the new sneaky twists in the game.”12 comments on this story
Hasbro recently released the results of a 2,000-person study that found almost 50 percent of people cheat when they play the classic American board game.
That’s why the company announced the creation of the Monopoly CheatBot, a bot through Facebook Messenger "who will dole out personalized consequences in real-time," according to Monopoly.
The company asked families to reveal any cheating occurrences to the bot.
Last year, Monopoly replaced three classic game pieces with three new ones, taking away the thimble, boot and wheelbarrow and replacing them with the T-Rex, penguin and rubber duck,according to The Huffington Post.