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Pokémon Go Uber could be the next big thing

/ 03:12 PM July 12, 2016

Drivers have started to offer their services to Pokemon Go users at a hefty price to drive them around in relative safety and comfort while catching pokemon. Contributed photo by Erich Fajardo

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.

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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.

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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.  Alfred Bayle

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TOPICS: chauffeur service, Niantic, Nintendo, Pokemon Go, Uber
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