Monopoly ditches cash
17 February 2016 | 15285 views | 5
Old school board game Monopoly is entering the 21st Century, going digital and ditching its iconic paper money for contactless payment cards.
The new 'Ultimate Banking' edition, which arrives in the US later this year, will see players use cards and a mini-reader to buy property and pay rent.
Toy giant Hasbro first introduced a paperless version of the famous free-market celebrating game a couple of years ago but it faced criticism for requiring player to enter transactions on a PIN pad.
The latest iteration sees players tap and swipe their payment cards, as well as property and chance cards, with funds automatically paid. According to MarketWatch, the reader also tracks wealth and the value of properties, which see their rents fluctuate.
As in the real world, the decision to phase out cash is designed to save time and cut fraud by eliminating the much abused position of banker.