People are now selling Pokémon Go accounts on the internet, with well-established accounts fetching up to $3,000 on eBay and Craigslist.
The most expensive accounts are around level 20 with many rare and high level Pokémon in their Pokédex.
The reasons people are selling them range from not having time to anymore to simply admitting that they are growing accounts just to sell them for profit. One seller on Craigslist wrote the following:
“I’m a student at UC Berkeley. Played the game ~10 hours per day upon release on July 6, but ready to move on now. Most of my Pokemon are caught on the UC Berkeley campus and along the Embarcadero in SF near Cupid’s span. Dragonite and Snorlax tear through gyms with ease.”
The transaction is pretty simple — pay the money in exchange for the login information. However, selling and buying Pokémon Go accounts is actually against Niantic’s terms of services, which state:
“Use the Services or Content, or any portion thereof, for any commercial purpose or for the benefit of any third party or in a manner not permitted by these Terms, including but not limited to (a) gathering in App items or resources for sale outside the App, (b) performing services in the App in exchange for payment outside the App, or (c ) sell, resell, rent, or lease the App or your Account.”
Would you buy a Pokémon Go account?