Monopoly (game)

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Monopoly is a board game published by Parker Brothers, a subsidiary of Hasbro. The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single entity.

Monopoly is a redesign of an earlier game "The Landlord's Game", first published by the Quaker and political activist Elizabeth Magie. The purpose of that game was to teach people how monopolies end up bankrupting the many and giving extraordinary wealth to one or few individuals.[2]

Since the game was created, more than one billion people have played it, making it "the most played (commercial) board game in the world."[3] The 1999 Guinness Book of Records cited Hasbro's previous statistic of 500 million people having played Monopoly.[4] Games Magazine has inducted Monopoly into its Hall of Fame.[5] The mascot for the game, known as Mr. Monopoly or Rich Uncle Pennybags, is an elderly moustached man in morning dress with a walking cane and top hat.


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