Pokémon Go is quickly and surely taking over the world, and there’s no turning back. Of course, where there’s a successful game product, there will be those who capitalize on it, as well as those who try to beat the system (read: cheat). The time has now come for the second group, because users are selling their high level accounts to would-be cheaters on eBay, in some cases for thousands of dollars.
The accounts are being sold on eBay in the U.S. and U.K., and most of the listings feature high-level trainers and specific rare or powerful Pokémon with combat powers over 1,000 points. Having access to these accounts would help the winning bidders defeat other Pokémon Go users and take over gyms without having to ACTUALLY PLAY THE GAME.
But there is a catch — both buyers and sellers run the risk of having their Pokémon Go accounts disabled if they’re caught, since Niantic’s terms of service for Pokémon Go specifically forbid the selling of accounts for profit. Picking up one of these advanced accounts would be a risky f*cking investment, to say the least.
And to be honest, I don’t see the appeal in cheating your way to the top, especially because 90 percent of the fun of Pokémon Go is finding Pokémon as you travel around your neighborhood. I’m just saying, if you skip the part that gets you walking and expanding your horizons just to beat other players at the gym, you suck.
Prices for the accounts sold through eBay range from five to 9500 dollars. But that’s chump change for anyone who wants to be the Walter White of their Pokémon Go territory…
What do you think of users selling their high-level accounts? Is it genius way to make some side money, or a terrible way for lazy a-holes to cheat their way to victory? Let us know what you think on Twitter @Smosh!!