It appears that players who wish to skip both the time and the effort required to capture rare Pokémon are now prepared to pay people to do it both their behalf.
Although the move contravenes developer Niantic’s terms of service, Pokémon Go accounts are being sold on auction sites such as eBay for thousands of dollars.
Users are taking quite a large risk with both buyers and sellers running the risk of having accounts suspended or even disabled.
Niantic’s terms clearly state:
“Use the Services or Content, or any portion thereof, for any commercial purpose or for the benefit of any third party or in a manner not permitted by these Terms, including but not limited to (a) gathering in App items or resources for sale outside the App, (b) performing services in the App in exchange for payment outside the App, or (c ) sell, resell, rent, or lease the App or your Account.”
One Ebayer auctioned his account for $1,500 explaining that he had put a lot of time and effort into building the account and was “just a broke college student in debt, and every penny helps.”
This isn’t the first time that enterprising players have tried to capitalise on the Pokémon craze.
Ads for “professional Pokémon trainers” appeared within days of the games launch in New York.
The Pokémon Company and Niantic have also tried to capitalise on the popularity exchanging in-game currency for real money as well as offering a Bluetooth accessory that allows players to be notified is they are passing Pokestops.