New Zealand Man Quits Job To Become Full-Time Poké Master

New Zealand man quits his job to become a Poké Master.

A 24-year-old man from New Zealand named Tom Currie has decided that he wants to be the very best like no one ever was. Currie quit his job last week to embark on a 2-month journey around New Zealand in order to catch all of the Pokemon currently available in Pokémon Go as of now.

Currie is making his journey on the cheap by staying on friends couches throughout his travels. He has booked more than 20 bus tickets which will take him throughout the New Zealand, and as of now, he has caught 90 different Pokémon, which means that he's over halfway there!

“I wanted to have an adventure,” Currie said. “I have been working for six years and I was desperate for a break. And Pokémon gave me the chance to live that dream.” 

While quitting your job in order to play Pokémon Go may not be the most economical decision, there is something inspiring about what Currie is doing. He's taking a big risk to do something he is passionate about, and for a lot of people, situations like Currie's are just daydreams that stay locked up in their heads.  

The stories that have been coming out because of Pokémon Go have definitely been interesting, to say the least. With as many people out there searching far and wide for the little virtual creatures, we're bound to hear some more crazy stories.



Captynplanet is Captain Planet's less heroic cousin. Instead of spending time with a bunch of teenager eco-wizards, Captynplanet likes to read, hang out with his roomate's cats, and of course, play video games. Captynplanet is just getting out of a long term gamelationship with League of Legends and is having a hard time adjusting to life without the Rift. Captynplanet lives in Richmond, Virginia and is almsot done with his undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University. Captynplanet is pretty weirded out by referring to himself in the 3rd person.

Published Jul. 16th 2016
  • topher339
    He's 24 and has been working for six years. I'm assuming he never went to college and worked straight out of high school. So, it's not like he left a job as an engineer or an office position.

    Once he's done he should be able to find another job upon his return.
  • Si_W
    Doesn't matter to me what job he had, it's the attitude that after only six years of work he needs a break...
  • topher339
    I wasn't responding to your comment, just making an observation. But yes, six years of work isn't enough for a person to need a break, specially if it's only a minimum wage-type job.
  • Si_W
    He's been working for 6 years? And desperate for a break?

    Good grief...

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