Credit Cards Come to Monopoly

Credit Cards Come to Monopoly

February 18, 2016         Written By John H. Oldshue

Monopoly has been one of the world’s most popular board games since it was introduced in 1903, and it is about to see major changes. Hasbro, the manufacturer of the game, has decided to follow the worldwide move toward a cashless society by bringing credit cards to the game.

According to EOnline, the familiar pastel cash transactions will be gone forever. In Monopoly Ultimate Banking, which will come out later this year, players will receive credit cards they can scan to spend and receive money.

Even Chance and Community Chest card awards will be automatically loaded to players’ accounts.

Hasbro tried to add credit cards to the game a few years ago, but the process was cumbersome and made the already-long game even longer. Players had to manually enter the amount of transactions before swiping their card.

Another major change is that Monopoly Ultimate Banking will add “Life Events.” These cards will cause property values to fluctuate–just like in real life. Those expensive Boardwalk hotels may be worth thousands one round and then drop in value.

The revamped Monopoly is expected to be more popular with younger, tech-savvy players.

While some parents are excited about the faster cleanup time, others are worried this will ruin the educational value of the game.

“I am worried my kids won’t even recognize cash!” parenting editor and mother-of-two Rebecca Dube said. “While I definitely appreciate the convenience of credit cards, it seems like counting up those ones, fives and tens is a good learning experience the next generation will miss out on.”

The information contained within this article was accurate as of February 18, 2016. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


About John H. Oldshue

John Oldshue is the creator of He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers credit card rate issues for
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