In the early days of Monopoly’s popularity, the game was not yet officially licensed. In fact, it was created by a woman named Elizabeth Magie in 1903 and patented in 1904 under the name “The Landlord’s Game.” Magie created the game as a way to demonstrate the negative aspects of monopolies on society, with players moving around the board and purchasing properties in order to collect rent from other players.
It wasn’t until the 1930s that the game was picked up by Parker Brothers and officially licensed as “Monopoly.” Even then, the game faced some legal challenges from other game creators who claimed that Monopoly was too similar to their own games.
Despite the challenges, Monopoly’s popularity continued to grow. During World War II, the game was even included in care packages sent to American soldiers overseas. By the 1950s, Monopoly had become a household name and had inspired countless spin-offs and variations.
Today, Monopoly remains one of the most beloved board games of all time, with versions based on everything from cities to TV shows. Its fascinating history and enduring popularity are a testament to the enduring power of a great game.