Black market: you can buy a high-level Pokemon Go account for about $2,000

Pokemon Go is a global phenomenon and hardly needs an introduction. Even those that have no interest in gaming or no idea bout the franchise have now heard of it, or had to chase Pokemon trainers away from their own back yards. So, yeah, it's popular – around $200 million in revenue popular, according to analysts. And, as with every game that involves leveling up and finding rare items (in our case – creatures), there are already accounts up for sale on specialized websites, for those who want the bragging rights of having a level 30 account, without needing to put in the countless of hours of walking.

We did talk earlier about a “professional Pokemon trainer's” Craigslist ad, and we've been hearing reports about people quitting their day jobs to become one. Is there money to be made from playing Pokemon Go, you ask? Apparently, there is.

Websites like League of Trading or PlayerAuctions specialize in providing such marketplaces where users can buy and sell accounts for different popular game – from hardcore PC titles to mobile games. Needless to say, Pokemon Go's popularity quickly earned it a spot on said websites.

The accounts for sale can go as low as $10 and as high as $11,000, depending on trainer level, Pokemon monsters that it has collected, their respective Combat Points and evolution potential, items such as Stardust, Ultraballs, et cetera. Additionally, a service called “power leveling” can be bought — the user provides their account information so that the service provider can log in and use it. Then, it is the sole job of the latter to quickly and efficiently level up the Poke trainer in that account, and collect a plethora of monsters and items for the customer to later use. Negotiations for the price of this service start at around $500, and we assume it may fluctuate depending on time and achievements required.

Think no one would spend money on these? CNBC managed to grab a hold of one person who sells gaming accounts for a living — one Amir Hussaini. He runs his operation as a business, with a few people on his team who do the walking and Pokemon catching to increase efficiency. Mr. Hussaini said that $2,000 per month is about the normal income from his business, but he has reached up to $5,000 before.

Thinking of selling your own account now? Well, maybe you could. But do remember that it's tied to your Gmail, so unless you used a new, side account to connect to the world of Pokemon Go, we'd say it's not a good idea to give it to a stranger.

source: CNBC



1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I will never understand the wish to buy items, characters and such, the point of most things is to get those items, what do you want to do once you got them?

4. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

It's because it's considered uncouth to actually just compare genitals in public.

8. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

For the same reason we do most things in life.. for the joy of doing it, not exactly for the results or the benefits of it.

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yes, I get that, but I just can't grasp why you in games where the point is to get said stuff, buy it, point of games is to earn them? I just don't understand what people will do in game afterwards. Granted, it is entirely up to people themselves.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2474; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Pretty sad to see people spend this kind of money on something that is just a fad that will go away in a year or two max. But I suppose these people will continue to spend money on future fads so they can say they beat a game or to show off to their friends.

3. zelase

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

its so expensive!!! 11,000 USD, i can buy a car!!

5. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Isn't that like buying a console game with all the stages/ levels completed. Why even bother.

6. htcisthebest

Posts: 437; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

If I have $2000 free money I will spend it on 2 Galaxy Note 7. One for myself, another for my girlfriend.

7. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Same kind of people that paid $1000 for an average phone with some fruit logo. LUL

10. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

At least those people spent it on a phone that can actually do most things that a modern smartphone can, and not a virtual games with just 1 and 0s

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