To say that Pokemon GO has taken the world by storm in an unprecedented way would even be a slight understatement at this point. With that being the case, it’s only natural, as with almost any other online game, that in-game items or accounts, or even services, may end up being sold to the highest bidder despite this being a clear violation of the app’s terms of service. It would seem, however, that Pokemon GO has taken it to another level entirely. Not only are people quitting their jobs for the game or making careers out of playing, but people are advertising all manner of gear and services online.
While it’s not surprising to see a game this big spawning branded caps and wristbands and such, paying a few pounds to have somebody in another country log into your account and walk around London for an hour or paying a bit less to have a specific rare Pokemon caught for you are a bit more out there. Those kinds of things, however, are exactly what’s popping up on eBay. Loaded-up accounts bearing high stats and lots of items and rare Pokemon are going for the equivalent of a week’s pay for some lower-income jobs. The sheer amount of such postings is overwhelming, to the point it’s plenty safe to say that the game has created its own black-market micro-economy. Skilled players are creating mole accounts in droves to sell to lesser players. Though it implies missing out on the game itself and defeating the point of playing, depending on who you ask, it seems that many are willing to shell out for these sorts of services.