Pokemon Go: New Zealand man quits job to catch them all

'My dad sent through a text message saying he always knew I would be famous'

Jack Shepherd
Sunday 17 July 2016 12:47
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Nintendo shares surged 12.8 per cent to 22,860 yen in Tokyo, on the news that the Pokémon Go app was expected to be released in Japan within the week
Nintendo shares surged 12.8 per cent to 22,860 yen in Tokyo, on the news that the Pokémon Go app was expected to be released in Japan within the week

Chances are you’ve at least seen or heard of Pokémon Go by now, the viral mobile game that sees players roam around cities and the countryside on a quest to catch digital monsters.

For those who played the original series on Game Boy, the chance to become a real Pokémon trainer (kind of) is a dream come true, so much so that one gamer has quit his job to become a full-time Pokémon Go player.

Tom Currie, from New Zealand, has quit his job as a barista and bartender at a seaside restaurant to become the very best, like no one ever was.

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, he revealed his parents are "a little bit baffled” at the idea. "When I resigned, I didn't tell my manager I was going out into the world to hunt Pokemon," he told the news outlet.

Tom Currie, full-time Pokemon Go player (Facebook)

"But after my story got picked up I gave him a courtesy call to update him just in case the media contacted him. I got an absolutely lovely response, 'Good on you Tom. It is really funny. I hope everything is OK. Have fun for your Pokemon trip.’”

At the time of the report, Currie had caught 91 of the 151 Pokemon available in the game, and that his father was quite amused by the life decisions: "My dad sent through a text message saying he always knew I would be famous."

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He went on to say the best part about the game was travelling and the kindness shown towards him by fellow trainers.

"I have been approached by a few other Pokemon trainers who recognised me and wanted a chat," he continued.

"I have had people asking for photos and one guy even called me his hero for doing what I'm doing. I have received messages on Facebook from around the world, messages of support from America, Ireland, Canada, India and Nepal.

The plan for after catching them all? "When I finish the trip and get back to Auckland, I will be looking for work and working on my new business. And of course still catching Pokemon.”

Meanwhile, Pokémon Go servers were down for some time, with a hacking group claiming responsibility for the outage.

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