UMD student offered $15K for his Pokemon Go account, eBay blocks sale

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A student from Duluth spent almost three weeks building up his Pokemon Go account, and was almost rewarded for his efforts with a $15,000 payment.

WCCO reports Adrian Allen, a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, walked nearly nine miles a day for 19 days playing the mobile game – reaching character level 30 and dropping 12 pounds in weight in the process.

He then put his account on eBay with a "Buy it Now" price of $15,000, and got an email telling him someone had taken him up on the offer, the TV station reports.

Unfortunately, it turns out that trying to sell your account violates rules set by Niantic, the game's developer, and eBay blocked the sale as it enforced Niantic's terms and conditions.

"I set the auction at about five grand and then I didn't know what to put for the 'buy now' so I just put on 15 thousand," he told KBJR.

"I tried to pull the money from eBay and that's when I got the notification from them that they were blocking the transaction," he added.

Allen isn't the first person trying to cash in on the worldwide mobile gaming phenomenon.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that people have started turning to sites like eBay to sell their high level accounts for cash.

In doing so, however, they risk having their accounts disabled for violating Niantic's terms of service, which prohibits the sale, rent or leasing of apps or accounts.

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