A Craigslist post on Tuesday offered a unique service for busy people who still prefer to get an edge in Pokémon Go. Offering her services at $20/hour, NYU graduate Ivy St. Ive said she will to do someone’s dirty work as a professional Pokémon Go Trainer.
Unfortunately for her would-be clients, Ivy St. Ive has taken down her posting on Craigslist for fears of getting banned, reported The Huffington Post.
St. Ive placed the ad on Tuesday claiming that she can “help YOU become the very best.” The 24-year-old trainer is also a freelance journalist and the editor-in-chief of Brooklyn-based Silica magazine.
In her post, she said that all she needed was your Pokémon Go account password and you are all set.
“Hopefully you weren’t a total noob and used a fake gmail address when you signed up for this app because the surveillance is real,” she wrote.
Part of the deal would have St. Ive walk around the city for a specified number of hours to capture all the Pokemon she encounters. Depending on a client’s preference, he/she may choose a specific type (fire, water, etc). She also offered hourly updates on her progress, and even promised to provide strategy tips if necessary.
Her decision to pull out her Craigslist post was due to the potential conflict of her offered services with Niantic’s terms and conditions.
“I’ve had several emails from people warning me that offering to be a Pokemon trainer is completely against the terms and services of Niantic, a company that is notorious for banning people. … I looked into it, and confirmed that, something I probably should have done before making the post,” she wrote, in her Instagram post.
She also said she’s “hoping to go back to a world where I can just play Pokémon Go in peace.”
The professional Pokémon Go Trainer revealed to Observer what made her decide to offer her services in the first place: “I’m just a girl who loves Pokémon and thought ‘What if I could get paid for all this time I’m sinking into this game?’”
“My generation grew up with Pokémon, and the nostalgia factor of getting to relive our childhood fantasies in a virtual reality app is essentially what dreams are made of,” she said.