Hasbro: Gamasutra-Take Anywhere Game Night with Video Chat on MONOPOLY for iOS and Android

Best developer and publisher of digital board games, Marmalade Game Studio, is delighted to announce an exciting new update for its immensely popular MONOPOLY game on iOS and Android.

This new update adds a host of additional features, including the much anticipated in-game video chat feature!

For the first time ever, MONOPOLY will bring players together, face to face, while they play, without the need for additional apps or additional screens.

In 2019, Marmalade Game Studio brought the Hasbro family classic to mobiles and tablets with its magical adaptation for iOS and Android. The game quickly became a leaderboard favorite, bringing together family and friends for game nights, in person or apart.

Now, this latest update to MONOPOLY will not only improve social features for existing gamers, but it will set a new standard for social gaming on mobile.

Players will be able to add friends, create groups, use text chat to organize playtime, and start games directly from these chat groups – how smoothly the chat will switch to video!

All of this takes place in the game itself, making the experience as close to the game in person as possible on a mobile platform. Getting people online has never been easier, with social features that blend seamlessly with the gameplay.

There is no need for additional chat apps and video calling services. With easy in-game automatic video connection, there are no barriers. Now, for the first time ever, family and friends playing MONOPOLY from a distance can feel panic on an opponent’s face as they roll the dice and walk towards Park alley with a Hotel.

MONOPOLY for iOS and Android is the second game to offer Game Studio’s Marmalade unique in-game video chat feature, after Video puzzle evening, which came out earlier this year.

Cristina Mereuta, chief operating officer of Marmalade Game Studio, said: “At Marmalade, we aim to bring people together through quality gaming experiences. This goal is literally at the heart of everything we do, so integrating video chat into our games has been an essential next step for a long time. Until now, video chat during the game involved the use of several additional apps. These were needed for the video itself and the pre-game text chat while you figure out when to play and redeem play codes. All of this can be confusing. By integrating pre-game text chat and in-game video chat into the game app itself, we make it easy for people of all ages to come together and play. With this new feature from MONOPOLY, you can bankrupt your grandma as she sits on a bus and see the expression on her face as you do so – all in the game of course! ‘

The developer, whose catalog includes premium digital editions of CLUE / CLUEDO, THE GAME OF LIFE, THE GAME OF LIFE 2, BATTLESHIP and MONOPOLY Sudoku, aims to add video chat to all of their titles, past and present. Eventually, video chat players will be able to seamlessly switch between any Marmalade game during a game night.

Marmalade’s video chat functionality has been designed with security and privacy in mind. Video games are private and by invitation only. Players can feel comfortable knowing that only the people they want to connect with are invited to their personal online game night.

The video chat update for MONOPOLY is now available for iOS or Android. Simply update to the latest version of the app to enjoy it today.

For more information please contact Paul Watson to [email protected]

On Marmalade Game Studio

London-based Marmalade Game Studio is one of the most successful publishers in the digital board game market. Notable hits include MONOPOLY, GAME OF LIFE 1 & 2, BATTLESHIP and CLUE / CLUEDO, two highly refined and innovative games that consistently top the charts on app stores. For more information on Marmalade Game Studio, please visit the website: https://marmaladegamestudio.com/, and follow us on Twitter (@MarmaladeGames), Facebook (@MarmaladeGameStudio) and Instagram (@MarmaladeGames)

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global games and entertainment company committed to creating the best gaming experiences in the world. From toys and games to television, movies, digital games and consumer products, Hasbro offers the public a variety of ways to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and POWER RANGERS, as well as leading partner brands. Through its entertainment labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the company is building its brands globally with quality storytelling and content across all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro was ranked 13th on the 2019 list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by CR Magazine and was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphère Institute for eight years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

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