PokemonGo

New York (AP) Too busy with your real life to play the hit augmented reality game “Pokemon Go”? For a price, some entrepreneurs will play the game for you.

New ads are popping up on Craigslist nearly every day from people who say they will log on to your “Pokemon Go” account and effectively run up your score while you are stuck at work or sitting in class.

Played on smartphones, “Pokemon Go” has been a phenomenon since its release. The game involves going to real-world locations to chase virtual characters from the classic Nintendo game.

Paying people to play a game for you might seem to defy common sense, but Gutierrez and Clark say clients come to them mainly for two reasons.

They want to compete in the game at a high level, but they don’t have time to roam the city and play the game all day. Or, they are getting ready for a “Pokedate.”

“It’s a good first date for Tinder,” said Clark, referring to the location-based dating app. “A lot of people are meeting up that way.” Some want to impress their potential partners by being in the game at a respectable level.

Leveling-up services aren’t unique to Pokemon Go.