Sophia Pedraza, 26, has ditched her job in order to devote all her time to being the very best at the mobile game, which uses players’ geolocation services on their cellphones to take them on a virtual scavenger hunt for Pokémon characters.
“I downloaded it and immediately realized there is money to be made,” Pedraza told The Sun. “My mum thinks I’m mad but she’s coming round to the idea.”
Before Pokémon Go was released earlier this month, Pedraza, who also has a law degree, gave private lessons to students in various subjects including math, English and music.
But as of two weeks ago, she has a new expertise — capturing Pokémon.
“Some days I play it for 18 hours a day because you can play all the time even when you’re out with your friends in bars and clubs,” she told the British paper.
She plans to accumulate multiple phones so she can level up a bunch of accounts and sell them on eBay for more than $1,300. Modal Trigger
Pedraza already knows that her Pokémon career may be short lived, but she’s not worried.
“It’s a big craze at the moment and there’s money to be made, but if it slows down, I can always go back to teaching,” she said.
Selling accounts is technically prohibited by developer Niantic’s terms of service and can result in suspension from the game.
Pedraza is not the only one who quit her job in the name of Pokémon Go, though.
A 24-year-old New Zealand resident is now traveling the country for two months in pursuit of catching all 151 Pokémon characters in the game.
“I wanted to have an adventure. I have been working for six years and I was desperate for a break. And Pokémon gave me the chance to live that dream,” Tom Currie told The Guardian.