Everyone is looking for ways to make a quick buck, and Pokemon Go users have found a new way to do it. Accounts for the hit mobile game are selling on eBay for thousands of dollars, even though Niantic says this is against the game's terms of service.
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The accounts have high-level trainers that have specific Pokemon or those with really high combat scores and are certain to beat other users in gyms. This will give them a leg up without requiring them to walk around and do the work themselves.
But according to multiple reports, both the buyers and sellers run the risk of having their accounts permanently disabled. The terms for service for Pokemon Go say:
"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.”
Prices for the accounts sold through eBay range from just a few dollars to thousands of dollars.
One eBay user who sold his account for $1,500 said: "What you’re purchasing is my account, which I have put my time and effort into, which makes this a whole lot easier for you! … I’m just a broke college student in debt, and every penny helps.”
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Of course this isn't the first time that people have used games to make money, but everyone involved better be careful.