Teacher packs in job to become UK’s first full-time Pokemon Go player

A teacher has decided to ditch her job as a £2k a month teacher to make a living playing Pokemon Go. It may seem far-fetched to many but it seems that it is possible to make substantial sums of money from the game.

Sophia Pedraza, 26, plans to cash in on the craze sweeping the planet by walking the streets trying to collect virtual characters. Once she has built up her Pokemon accounts she plans to sell them on eBay.


Ebay has accounts ranging in price from £50 to several thousand for those with rare characters and loads of combat power points. One even sold for over seven thousand pounds after an on-line bidding war.

Sophia, from north London, was earning around £2,000 a month giving private lessons to children aged 4-16. As well as that she has a law degree.

However, two weeks ago she decided to download the Pokemon app and has now become obsessed with it and think she can make a living out of it.


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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