The ever-popular game of Monopoly can be enjoyed at home, at local Monopoly tournaments or even at world championships tournaments.
Monopoly tournaments are popular fundraisers that require some specific guidelines to qualify as an official Monopoly tournament. Official tournaments must have at least 24 participants, written approval from Hasbro, gameplay must last for two rounds and players must abide by the official monopoly rules. The hosting organization must complete a registration packet with all of the event details and mail it to Hasbro. Approval can take up to four weeks, so be sure to leave plenty of time leading up to the event date.
Hasbro's official Monopoly website sometimes features information about upcoming tournaments. World championships have been held over the years, but generally, there has been a gap of four to six years between world championships. For example, there were World Championship Monopoly Tournaments in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2009, and 2015.
National championships are usually held the year of the World Championships or the previous year. The next round of national and world championship tournaments will likely be in 2019 or 2021. However, some countries may hold national championships more often. For example, France held a national championship in 2016.
Entry into national championships varies by country and is different from year to year. There may be an online application and quiz to enter a national championship tournament. The selection process may be different in each country.
Finding Monopoly Tournaments
To find out when the next round of official national and world championship Monopoly tournaments will be held, you can check for press releases on the Hasbro website or sign up for their email alert of news or event.
There is a calendar of upcoming Monopoly tournaments and links to the sites set up each country to support the 2015 Monopoly World Championships, provided by the makers of the Emmy award-winning documentary, "Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story." This calendar provides the best resource if information cannot be found from Hasbro. Contacting the hosts of local tournaments can likely provide more information or announcements of future tournaments.
Hosting an Official Monopoly Tournament
Non-profits and charities can host a Monopoly tournament as a fundraiser if they apply for permission from Hasbro. Hasbro has specific guidelines they will provide after you submit the form by email. Allow a couple of weeks for a reply from Hasbro, and allow for a few months planning before the event.
While the approval process is underway, it can be helpful to begin planning the logistics of the tournament. Offical games require 24 players (6 games with 4 players each), so the host will need to invite a sufficient number of guests to guarantee 24 players. The host will also need Monopoly games, tables, chairs, and a location to accommodate the game and the audience. While hosting an official Monopoly tournament is a lot of work, you have the potential to raise a lot of money for a specific cause, garner attention of Monopoly aficionados and hopefully, have a fun time.