Have you ever dreamed of buying Ottawa? Well, it could be yours for $1.2 million, at least in this Canadian-themed Monopoly game.
The game, which was showcased at the Byward Market in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the famous millionaire’s board game, featured Canada’s capital in the spot where Connecticut Avenue originally stands on the American version of Monopoly.
Ottawa, along with another 22 cities in Canada including Calgary, Edmonton, Gatineau, Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, and Windsor, were included in the local version of Monopoly.
According to Michael Hogg, the President for Hasbro Canada, the cities that were included on the board were based on the feedback the company received from fans who wanted to see a local version of the world’s most popular millionaire board game.
The first Monopoly dates back to 1903, and it was originally made by the Parker Brothers in 1935. Currently known as “The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game,” the game’s theme focused on the concept of economic dominance courtesy of a single entity. Today, Monopoly is owned and produced by the U.S.-based toy company Hasbro.
Apart the standard issue board game, Monopoly has been transformed into several video games in the last 30-years, with the earliest PlayStation title dating back to 1995. The franchise also has a slot version called Monopoly Once Around Deluxe. However, in terms of video games, the most recent Monopoly release was back in 2008 for the PlayStation 3 platform.
Monopoly also has several localized board game editions focusing on South America, Africa, Oceana, Europe, and Asia. While creating versions of the popular TV show Family Guy and Doctor Who under the Monopoly name, too.
Monopoly Ottawa edition has been a hit among the locals, as well as tourists looking for the perfect introduction into the ways of the city.
Hasbro, Inc. is a multinational toy company. It is currently the third largest toy manufacturer in the world, with yearly revenues exceeding $4 billion. Hasbro has several trademarks and licensing agreements with other companies including Milton Bradley, Kenner, and Parker Brothers. Aside from the Monopoly brand, some of its most popular toy lines include G.I. Joe, Transformers, My Little Pony, and Furby. Yes, that’s right, the cute electronic stuffed toy.
Hasbro also produced some of the most popular TV shows around including Discovery Family Network as well as Family Game Night. Currently, it is headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with most of its manufacturing plants located in East Asia.
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