I quit my teaching job to play Pokemon

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25 Jul2016
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POKEMON PRO Teacher quits her job to become Britain’s first full-time Pokemon Go player

Sophia Pedraza, 26, plans to cash in on the craze by pounding the streets to collect virtual characters and then sell her accounts on eBay

A TEACHER has quit her job to become Britain’s first full-time Pokemon Go player.

Sophia Pedraza, 26, plans to cash in on the craze by pounding the streets to collect virtual characters and then sell her accounts on eBay.

Sophia Pedraza plans to collect virtual characters on multiple phones and then sell her accounts on eBay

The auction site has accounts for sale ranging in price from £50 to several thousand for those with rare characters and loads of combat power points.

One bidding war recently stopped at £7,300.

Sophia, from High Barnet, north London, earns up to £2,000 a month giving private lessons to kids in maths, English and music.

She’s also got a law degree.

But after downloading the Pokemon mobile phone app two weeks ago she’s become obsessed and thinks she can make a living out of it.

6She already earns up to £2,000 a month giving private lessons to kids in maths, English and music

6However, after downloading the Pokemon mobile phone app two weeks ago she’s become obsessed

She said: “I downloaded it and immediately realised there is money to be made.

“If you can get to a decent level you can sell it on to people on Ebay.

“I heard accounts were being sold and I looked on eBay and some accounts at level 20 and above were going for a £1,000 and level 15 bids were about £100-£200.

“If you put the time in you can get to level 15 after a day or two.

“I plan to buy more phones and play multiple games at one time.

“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.

“My mum thinks I’m mad but she’s coming round to the idea.

“I’m going to do it for as long as it makes money.

“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.”

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Gamers buying and selling accounts risk having them suspended for breaking developer Niantic’s terms of service which state they can’t be sold to third parties for commercial gain.

But that hasn’t put people off.

One student recently sold his account for £1,144 saying: “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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