New ‘Cheaters Edition’ of Monopoly Rewards Players for Dishonesty

The classic board game Monopoly has undergone countless special editions over the years, with themes ranging from Star Wars to World War II. All these iterations were built on the assumption that players will be honest and follow the rules. But that’s over. 

This fall, Hasbro will release a Cheaters Edition Monopoly that encourages players to get ahead in any way they can: by skipping spaces, stealing extra bills from the bank, dodging rent payments, or removing another players’ hotel when they’re not looking.

If the news alone doesn’t make you ask “is nothing sacred?” then listen to how Hasbro got the idea to create the new edition:

“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.

The goal of the game is still the same: crush your opponents and end up with the most property and cash. But the new game structure requires upending some of Monopoly’s long-standing rules.

“For the first time in Monopoly history, there is no designated Banker,” Berkowitz told Insider. “Players are in control of the Bank on their turn, and pass it to the next player when their turn is over, making it easier to pull of “cheats” such as a the Bank Heist.”

But with great vice comes great consequence: cheaters who get caught have to fork over cash or even get chained to the board game with the pair of plastic cuffs that comes with each set.

“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 told Insider. “We’re excited to see what fans can get away with and how they’ll react to the new sneaky twists in the game.”

The game will sell for $19.99 this fall.

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