Man quits full-time job to play Pokemon Go; Niantic targets 200 markets

Just when you think that the Pokemon Go craze has gone as far as possible, a new story comes out that takes the AR sensation to a place where no other mobile game has gone. For example, take 24-year old Tom Currie. The New Zealander has quit his full time job to become a Pokemon trainer. Of course, since there really is no position like that, it just means that Currie will be spending the next two months touring New Zealand to do nothing but play Pokemon Go.

Currie has been "on the job" for about a week now, staying up until 3am as he roams the country searching for pocket monsters. So far, he has captured 90 of the 151 in the game. And while he is doing this on a low budget, some of New Zealand's largest transit companies have offered him free transportation to remote areas of the country to help him with his quest. "I wanted to have an adventure," Currie said. "I have been working for six years and I was desperate for a break. And Pokémon gave me the chance to live that dream."

Meanwhile, the CEO of the company that developed Pokemon Go is talking about rolling the game out to 200 markets. John Hanke, Niantic's top executive says "Why limit it?" The most popular smartphone game in U.S. history will soon be launching in Japan and will eventually be found in South Korea. Niantic will have to figure something out in the latter country due to restrictions on mapping. Hanke wasn't as sure about a possible launch of Pokemon Go in China, noting that regulations in that country must be followed.

Niantic is looking at a possible deal with McDonald's in Japan that would turn each restaurant in the country into a PokeStop or Gym. Similar branding deals have the potential to provide the company with a steady revenue stream. Meanwhile, all this talk about expanding the reach of the game added 10% to Nintendo's publicly traded shares today. In the last week, the stock is up 86% tacking on an additional $17 billion to the value of the company. And here you thought that Pokemon was a kids' game

source: TheGuardian, Reuters

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29 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Pokemon Go f**kthemselves

27. jeevanand88 unregistered

You go and watch game of thrones inwhich the siblings f**k each other...

30. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

You call THAT a man? I call that a loser. "Been working 6 years and needed a break" Get used to it kid! Life isn't high school. This is the problem with the younger generation. They don't wanna work but want to complain that they don't have money and don't have a fair chance.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Pokemon Go f**k humanity in a single month

3. sissy246

Posts: 7088; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I see you guys kids liking this and parents taking their kids out once in a while to look. But grown people is just dumb.

33. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Says the youth representative who can't even write properly.

4. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

This actually had a real JOB????

20. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

he NEEDED a break. If you have a routines for six years you need a break. Seriously, I wish I was comfortable enough with my savings to take a break like him.

5. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I'm a huge Pokémon fan but unless my kid gets into it I don't see myself playing too much

6. Blazers

Posts: 734; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This guy is too young to already be having a midlife crisis.

7. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

A nerd crisis

21. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

everyone have their own idea of having a leisure time. Some hangout at this site; commenting other peoples decisions, other quit their job and take a vacation (low budget backpacking) while catching pokemon. ;)

25. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Is that you, Tom?

24. jeevanand88 unregistered

Still a better guy than the one who married an iphone a month ago...!!!

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Currie said. "I have been working for six years and I was desperate for a break. And Pokémon gave me the chance to live that dream." Oh poor baby... Working for 6 whole years?!?

12. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Now I don't have any idea what this guy has worked with, but I have a friend in his 30s and my girlfriend has a friend 25-ish, who have both burnt themselves out working too much. Not everyone can handle a boring job for to too long, and maybe Currie thought he could get sponsored and do something he likes, wouldn't be so weird considering we have millionaires running after balls for 90 minutes.

16. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

"Running after balls for 90 minutes" takes actual skill. Catching virtual Pokémon is a hobby. I get your point of a job burning you out, I've been there but I don't believe it's relevant.

23. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I forgot only people with skills played football, my bad.

9. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Humanity has just shown me that it's ready for the Matrix

26. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Same reason aliens don't want humans in the galactic republic. After all these centuries we still don't get it lol I'm sure he lives with his parents.

10. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

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11. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

So I guess either he either had a career job or be amassed a lot of money over these years to cut off a steady income and travel around.

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

people enjoying pokemon go in their spare time, they go outside they see stuff they meet other people, all good stuff. Quitting your job? not good. just like not staying aware when playing the game, or lacking common sense when playing it. Says more about the people then the game.

14. Fona13A unregistered

What a loser, I hope he's cited for tax evasion because his 151 monsters crusade no longer works out.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

this game still not released on japan? no wonder we dont hear some weird news from them, they'll start their epic journey soon, lol..

19. KingSam

Posts: 1427; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Wonder if they will add Caribbean countries. I'm in Jamaica

28. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Guess Jobs in New Zealand really suck

32. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

c'mon people... we are not in this world to just work our entire life and then die... we have other things like dreams! I wan't to travel around the world and I can't cause to be honest I do not have enough money... I wish I could quit my job for 2 months to have this trip... looking for pokemon or not... but we are young we have to take advantage of that cause one day we will be old and we are going to regret not taking our dreams.

34. twcobra

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

6 years and needs a break. Come on. I have been working for over 30 years. And I still have not had a break. How lazy are these kids today. Really. Maybe I should take a break and tour the states. Go hit every pokestop between here in Los Angeles all the way to Miami. Believe me I could use the break.

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