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Up To US$999,999 – “Pokemon Go” Players Are Making Good Money



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Aug 11 2016
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The early bird gets the worm – the saying goes. Since an American mobile game developer – Niantic Labs – launched “Pokémon Go” last month, the game has raked in US$200 million (£153 million; RM800 million) in net revenue globally on the App Store and Google Play in its first month – beating popular games such as “Candy Crush” and “Clash Royale”.

Pokémon GO - Pokemon Mobile Game - Addicted Players At Park

In fact, “Pokemon Go” is now the fastest mobile game to reach 10-million downloads globally. Unlike other games, Pokemon is unique in such that you must go outside of your comfortable cocoon to progress to the next level, unless your home or office is next to “Pokéstops” and gyms haven.

 

Developer Niantic may be laughing all the way to the bank, but can players make money too? In every crisis, or a sudden spike in demand for virtual Pokemon in this case, there’s always an opportunity. For example, Chris Amburn from Texas was making great money advertising ride-sharing services to players around Pokéstops.

Play Pokemon Using Ride-Sharing Car

Yes, even if you’re not a Pokémon fanatic fan, you can help make playing the game safer by offering ride-sharing services, driving them from Pokéstops to Pokéstops. By driving below 20-mph (32-kph), players can actually cheat “walking” and hatch their “eggs”. But for genuine Pokémon players, now is the perfect time to make serious money to do the bidding for lazy players.

 

The popularity of “Pokémon Go” has opened up a lucrative market where serious players can sell their accounts online. On PlayerAuctions site, a seller is asking for US$999,999 (£768,000; RM4 million) for a custom order. What this means is a buyer can tell what they want from an account. The seller will then play the game for them to get the profile up to the requirements requested.

Pokémon GO - Selling Accounts Up To 999,999 US Dollars

Sellers also do “à la carte” services such as selling rare Pokemons for certain amount of dollars, promising to catch buyer’s preferred Pokémon types within 24-hour. Several accounts on PlayerAuctions are selling Level-30 for slightly over US$11,000 with high CP (Combat Power) such as 1,700+ CP Magikarp.

 

A Level-25 Pokémon account is selling for US$7,000 equipped with Dragonite armed with CP of 2,138. It’s cheaper on eBay where a Level-30+ account that come with Dragonite 3,100 CP is selling for merely US$199. A co-owner of LeagueofTrading, James Smith, claimed a user managed to sell a Pokemon account for US$2,000.

Pokémon GO - Sample of High Combat Power Pokemons

“A US$2,000 account is an incredibly large order. We have only ever seen an order of this price once before which was an account for the game League of Legends.” – said James Smith. He also said sellers on his site have told him that playing the game and selling on their accounts is their full-time job. 

 

Therefore, your imagination is the only limit to cash on how to make money. Bahri Takyuz from London charges £25 an hour to drive from Pokémon to PokéStop hot-spots in the city. Cassandra sells her Pokemon cards collection to fans for a bomb. Ive, in her attempt to test the market, posted a Craigslist ad offering to catch Pokémon for US$20 an hour – and received lots of requests.

Pokémon GO - Beatle Car

Equally, there’re tons of scammers eyeing ignorant Pokémon fans who would sell their family members to find short-cut to boost their Pokémon. Scammers are selling cheat-sheet for a couple of dollars to millions of potential Pokémon customers. And they’re doing it using pyramid or multi-level-marketing scheme.

 

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