The Brussels edition of the Monopoly board game officially launched on the Brussels market this Tuesday, with 9,500 copies of the Dutch-French version and 500 of the English edition available.
Around 80% of the 10,000 copies published have already been booked by shops but also by people who pre-ordered the online game before its release, according to Belga News Agency.
The aesthetics of the game were created to the Lectrr, the cartoonist of the Flemish daily De Standaard and The Brussels Times magazine. Other editions on sale include Antwerp and Ghent, but no editions are planned for Wallonia at this time.
While the Manneken-Pis was made to put on a bathing suit, the representation of other iconic spots in Brussels did not pose a problem, reports BX1. American game developer Hasbro had decided that the Manneken Pis statue will wear a pair of swimming trunks in the colours of the Belgian flag.
Players can build houses and hotels in the most famous streets of the city, with Grand Place the most expensive spot. Avenue Louise, Rue Neuve and the Anderlecht stadium are also represented.
"We have a license to make Belgian limited editions of the Monopoly game," explained Cédric Libbrecht, project coordinator at Group 24, who worked on developing the Belgian version of the board game,
"We started with an edition on Bruges in 2017 and another on Mechelen in 2018, each with 4,000 copies published. They were all sold within 4 weeks. The additional 1,000 copies made for each of these editions also left in less than a month," he added.
The Brussels Times