Monopoly Goes Big In Saudi Arabia

Hasbro brings the board game to Riyadh in time for cultural festival.
License Global

December 6, 2022

"Monopoly Lifesized" Saudi Arabia
"Monopoly Lifesized" Saudi Arabia Hasbro

London-based production company The Path Entertainment Group has announced a partnership with the Al Hokair Group, as part of its existing licensing agreement with

Hasbro

, to bring "

Monopoly

Lifesized" to millions of people in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

The agreement introduces the immersive experience based on the board game to a new market, in time for the cultural festival, the Riyadh Season. It is the first time "Monopoly Lifesized" has been licensed outside of the U.K., reflecting the brand’s rapid growth and success in London.

The immersive experience, a life-sized version of the beloved family board game, has launched in Riyadh as part of the major Riyadh Season 2022 festival. Last year, the festival was attended by 15 million visitors and featured hundreds of events across numerous entertainment zones. "Monopoly Lifesized" is situated in Boulevard World, one of the biggest zones in Riyadh Season 2022 and bursting with family-friendly activities. 

Consumers visiting the Riyadh

Season 2022 festival will have the chance to play the classic version of the life-sized board game experience. In the spring, additional custom-built boards including the luxury and city boards will be ready to play in Riyadh. There will be an official opening in the spring for the additional boards and the Monopoly-themed Top Hat Restaurant, available to consumers alongside the game experience.

The new international deal, brokered by The Path Entertainment Group, is expected to be the first of many licensing agreements for "Monopoly Lifesized" that will bring the experience to consumers worldwide in markets including the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. "Monopoly Lifesized" first opened its doors on Tottenham Court Road in London in 2021, which soon became a roaring success amongst a growing sector of immersive attractions in the U.K.

“We’re excited to partner with the Al Hokair group to bring 'Monopoly Lifesized' to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, our award-winning and location-based entertainment concept inspired by the internationally loved board game,

says David Hutchinson, chief executive officer, The Patch Entertainment Group.

The consumer appetite for immersive experiences is growing globally, and we’re delighted to increase our global rollout with additional licensing agreements in the pipeline in other major markets. Thanks to my team for working tirelessly, and our London site team who are now into their sixteenth month of operation at our flagship site on Tottenham Court Road.”

“We’ve selected Riyadh to host the first of many projects which will be a milestone in the group’s development journey,” says Mohamed Attia, Entertainment General Manager, Al Hokair Group. 'Monopoly Lifesized' is a real-life, full-sized version of Monopoly offering the chance to hop around the board and build the property empire of your dreams. It is built as a hybrid of escape rooms, board games, and team challenges – in other words, loads of fun!”

“Our 'Monopoly Lifesized' in London won the Best Location-Based Entertainment Award at The Licensing International Excellence Awards this year, and we’re excited to bring this award-winning experience to residents and visitors in Riyadh. Monopoly is a timeless classic, and we’re thrilled to continue offering more meaningful ways for families and future generations to engage with the brand, says Matt Proulx, vice president, location-based entertainment, Hasbro. “At Hasbro we recognize immense brand-building opportunities, as part of our blueprint 2.0 strategy, and we’ll continue to bring these exciting experiences to life, just like with 'Monopoly Lifesized'.”

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