Google Is on the Hunt for a Pokemon Master

Technology Trends & Culture - April 1st, 2014

It’s not every day that you have the chance to be a Pokemon Master. Well, Google is looking for just that—someone who can take on the task. But first applicants must prove they are worthy of such responsibility by going through a test.

Google, on April 1 (nothing suspicious about this), called on Pokemon fans worldwide to catch 150 Pokemon creatures through its mapping service. Whoever manages to catch them all will be invited to Googleplex for a final hiring round, and the winner will work as a Pokemon Master for Google.

“We value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures,” Google software engineer Tatsuo Nomura wrote in a blog post.

“It turns out that these skills have a lot in common with another profession—that of the Pokemon Master,” Google said in a video to advertise the “job opportunity.’

An updated Google Maps app takes users to the location of the Pokemon Lab, where the challenge will start. Users can catch the Pokemon by tapping on them. Tap fast because you have until April 2 to catch them all.

While being a Pokemon Master is everyone’s dream career, it sounds too good to be true. And it is: the job isn’t not real. But kudos to Google for a well-played joke. You’ve managed to crush our souls. At least we can trust in that new photograph-enhancing technology you’ve bestowed on us: The Hasselhoff Photobomber. That, coupled with the handy new input method that the good folks at Google Japan have put together (you can see it below) should help us wipe the tears away…

Image: “I found and captured #Pikachu on Google Maps! #cheapthrill #Pokémon” by aZAMirul/Flickr