NEW YORK – Adrian Conner, 24, has become the first person to profit from playing Pokémon GO, making a shocking $1 Million Dollars, from selling his Pokémon Go Account.
Pokémon Go has generated its first Millionaire: CatchEmCon, a Pokemon Go user who revealed yesterday that he had caught all of the Pokemon in North America.
In order to finish his Pokédex, CatchEmCon caught 5,298 Pokémon. He also hatched 412 eggs and walked 233 kilometers over the course of his journey. His final catch was Kabuto, which he evolved into Kabutops.
The New York City-based trainer, who’s level 33, claims he spent more than 60 hours a a week to complete his Pokédex. A popular hotspot directly across from Central Park helped him achieve his goal without traveling too far from home, although he made a trip to Jersey City and Hoboken a few times.
Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo and Mew are the only Pokémon missing from his Pokédex. The six Pokémon that he has bene unable to catch are considered to be the rarest Pokémon in the game with the first three being regional specific.
Despite missing what are considered to be rare Pokémon, that did not stop Ji Nakashimoto, son of a Japanese billion, from making a offer for the player’s account. After Conner posted his achievement on several gamer sites including IGN and Se7enSins, he was contacted by Nakashimoto regarding a potential purchasing of his account.
“At first I was kind of sketched out that someone from another country was interested in purchasing my Pokémon GO account, said Conner. I didn’t think it was real but after a few conversations and Skype meetings, the guy seemed to be legit.”
Pokémon GO became available in Japan for Android and iOS on July 21. Given the fact that Nakashimoto is a huge fan of Pokémon, he immediately wanted to accumulate as many Pokémon as he could with the least amount of time and effort. When Nakashimoto became aware of Conner’s achievements, he immediately reached out to confirm and make an offer for the player’s account.
“I met with Ji at Aburiya Kinnosuke restaurant in the city after we got comfortable with each other. He showed up with two men, probably bodyguards, with one of them carrying a black duffle-bag. I thought I was about to get sliced and diced but then Ji took the bag and opened it. OMG, I almost fainted when I saw it was full of cash. Ji asked me for my Google user name and password to log into my account. As soon as he did, he gave me the money, shook hands and we left after we ate and completed the exchange. I never thought I would be in the position but I am grateful,” said Conner.
Conner and Nakashimoto went to a bank in New York to count the money and confirm it was real before the transaction was complete. Afterwards, Conner took an Uber car home and immediately posted a photo of his money on Facebook.
Conner spent about $700 on in game currency to keep his Lucky Eggs and Incense stocked which helped him on his hunt to complete his collection. It seems that Conner’s investment paid off for him.