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Pokémon Go Uber could be the next big thing

Alfred Bayle

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

 /  Tue, July 12, 2016  /  07:05 pm
Pokémon Go Uber could be the next big thing

The illustration of Pokemon Go. The augmented-reality game is planned to be launched in Europe and Asia. (Shutterstock.com/Matthew Corley /-)

More and more people are getting into the Pokémon Go bandwagon and it’s not just players anymore. Drivers are starting to take advantage of the opportunity by offering their services for would-be pokémon trainers.

According to a report on Polygon, market places like Craigslist have seen a rise in offered services for rather hefty sums. Considering the recently reported Pokemon Go-related crimes, people may be more inclined to bite the high price.

(Read also: Streaming of Pokemon theme songs surges on Spotify)

One such service in Vancouver advertises itself as a veteran of the game Ingress, a game similar to Pokémon Go and which is the source of much of its landmarking data. The chauffeur would drive around town with stops at popular Pokéstops along the way, at $30 an hour and $20 for every succeeding hour.

Another driver in Houston offers free Wi-Fi to alleviate the drain on the client’s mobile service. He markets himself as an experienced delivery driver who knows some of the most obscure Pokémon Go gyms. He also charges $30 per hour but provides discounts to members of the internet Pokémon Go team Mystic.

(Read also: Google, developer working on 'Pokemon Go' security issue)

Some regular folk have even talked about using popular ride-sharing devices like Uber to go to local hot spots or just drive around slowly while catching pokémon.

Although Nintendo and partner company Niantic Labs are more than thrilled with the success of Pokémon Go, they continue to remind users to prioritize safety while driving over catching a random Charmander.

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