Man quits his job to go on a two-month Pokémon Go hunt

Tom Currie, 24 from New Zealand, has collected over 700 Pokémon so far on travels

A 24-year-old man in New Zealand has quit his job to play Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go – released to much fanfare last week – is an app-based augmented-reality edition of the popular video game franchise and sees the fictional creatures superimposed into real life settings. Users can roam the real world to search for Pokémon.

Tom Currie, from Auckland, told New Zealand’s NewsHub that he has quit his cafe job to travel the country on a two-month Pokémon hunt.

“I booked busses from all the way down to Invercargill and all the way back up to Cape Reinga so hopefully I can catch some awesome Pokémon on the way,” he said.

“It keeps track of how far you’ve walked and I’ve done around 50 km so far, and that’s with the actual game, walking away, slogging away.”

Currie has so far collected over 700 Pokémon on his travels so far.

“I’m level 20 at the moment, which was the highest I’d seen until I came to Christchurch, there’s some better players here,” he added.

“I want Mewtwo, it’s Pokémon number 150 [out of the 150 original Pokémon] and that is the end game for most people here.”

In other Pokémon Go news, an Australian was sacked earlier this week after complaining that the game isn’t available in his new home of Singapore. According to the Daily Mail, Aussie expat Sonny Truyen wrote on Facebook over the weekend: “You can’t f*****g catch Pokémon in this piece of f*****g s*** country.”

That was after new statistics suggested that in the US, Pokémon Go is already as popular as Twitter, and more popular than Tinder.

The game has attracted controversy since its release, with police in Australia issuing a warning over gamer safety that users should be aware of their surroundings, while it has also been reported that a gamer found a dead body while playing the game.