London-based production company, The Path Entertainment Group has confirmed a new partnership with the Al Hokair Group – as part of its existing licensing agreement with Hasbro – to bring Monopoly Lifesized to Riyadh, capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The new deal introduces the immersive experience based on the popular board game to a prosperous new market, in time for a major cultural festival, the Riyadh Season.
It marks the first time that Monopoly Lifesized has been licensed outside of the UK, reflecting the globally recognised brand’s growth and success in London.
Last year the Riyadh Season 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.
Consumers visiting the Riyadh Season 2022 festival will have the chance to play the ‘Classic’ version of the life-sized board game experience. In spring 2023, 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 US, Europe and Asia Pacific. Monopoly Lifesized first opened its doors on Tottenham Court Road in London in 2021.
“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,” commented David Hutchinson, ceo of The Path 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 16th month of operation at our flagship site on Tottenham Court Road.”
Matt Proulx, vp of location-based entertainment at Hasbro, continued: “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.”
Mohamed Attia, Al Hokair Group’s entertainment general manager, added: “We’ve selected Riyadh to host the first of many projects which will be a milestone in the group’s development journey. 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.”