Outsourcing Your Pokemon Go To Professional Pokemon Trainers Is Ruining The Integrity Of The Sport

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New ads are popping up on Craigslist nearly every day from people who say they will log on to your Pokemon Go account and effectively run up your score while you are stuck at work or sitting in class.

On a recent July afternoon, two 24-year-old Pokemon “trainers,” Lewis Gutierrez and Jordan Clark, walked through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with their eyes glued to their phones, tapping and swiping away to catch virtual Pokemon for clients paying about $20 per hour for the service…

“I couldn’t even do it by myself,” Gutierrez said. “I had two phones. I was doing, like, ten-hour days and I got my friend Jordan to come along with me. And now it looks like we are going to have to hire another person. So, it’s just been booming.”

The two college friends liken the service to dog walking and call themselves Pokewalkers.

I’m not a Pokemon Go guy. I was obsessed with Pokemon back when I was a kid, played the blue and red on game boy, organized my collection in binders, the whole shebang. But I’m leaving those memories in the past. I don’t need to recreate my childhood Pokemon obsession by running out catching Bulbasaurs when I could be on the couch watching Cupcake Wars.

But if you’re gonna be a Pokemon Go guy, be a Pokemon Go guy. If that means quitting your job and hatching Charmanders full-time, fine. If that means being put on your neighborhood watch list because you were caught snooping around the local elementary school in search of a Poke Stop, great. But don’t pay two random guys to find Pokemon for you all day while you chill at home. It’s like having someone draft for you in fantasy football. Yeah, you may get a solid team if your guy pores over mock drafts and listens to Matthew Berry audio books. But is it really the same as putting your own blood, sweat and tears into crafting handwritten wide-receiver tiers? I don’t think so.

So please, I beg of you, stop handing your Pokemon Go to guys who haven’t held a job since high school. And this fantasy draft season don’t let your fellow players outsource their selections or turn on auto-draft. Let’s keep a little thing called morals in our fantasy games.

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