By now everybody should be at least slightly aware of the Pokémon GO craze that is busy sweeping the globe.
If you do follow the trend, you might also be aware that some “entrepreneurial” players have been flogging their high-level account on classified websites like eBay in the US.
Doing a quick search on our South African online classified websites, it yielded no results – except for one.
A seller by the name of Taariq in Rondebosch has put up for sale a Level 15 Pokémon GO account, and it apparently includes a bunch of goodies and about 60 caught Pokémon.
“With lots of items including great balls and lures. 60 Pokémon caught and over 900CP Pokémon,” reads the simple description on the South African version of Gumtree.
If you would be interested, how much would you pay? Well, the seller is putting it all up for a mere R1 000.
The game is officially unavailable in South Africa, and we have no idea when it will be released locally. That did raise the question on whether it is ethical to start playing the game even though it isn’t officially supported.
Needless to say, the selling of a high-level account could also be seen as unethical to a large part of the community.
“I urge all South Africans to wait patiently for the local release of Pokémon GO. Believe me – I’m just as excited as everyone else but not to the point where I’m going to cut off any future local support we can expect for the game I love,” local player Jaco van der Walt tells us, in a piece written by Brendyn Lotz.
“By breaking the terms and conditions Niantic, Pokémon Company International and Google may refuse service to all unauthorised installs of the game. Additionally the bypass [sideloading the app] can influence the statistics of Pokémon players in a region and hinder the future localised support we can expect to receive,” Van der Walt explained.
htxt.africa has contact the selling for more information.