While the idea of attaching a smartphone to the handlebar of a bike or a motorcycle, with the purpose of hunting pokemons, is not new, Chen is elevating it to the level of art. Well, depending on how you feel about the game and playing it while riding a bike down a busy public road.
As of this moment, Chen rides his customized bike through Taipei City for almost 20 hours on end, 5 or 6 days a week, he says in a recent interview cited by Nintendo Soup. He has a unique display on his bike made of 9 smartphones, each with a different Pokemon GO account, allowing him to capture more pokemons than any other players. He keeps 2 other phones in his pockets, and has power banks for all, which allows him to be online and active for almost 20 hours.
Locals call him a master or even a god. He says he doesn’t do this for fame but because he really loves the game, which his grandson introduced him to. He estimates he spends about $1,500 a month on in-app purchases and equipment for his bike, but he considers this money an investment.
In fact, he plans to spend even more. He wants to upgrade his bike smartphone stand to include a whopping 15 phones and he wants to do it as soon as possible.
Playing on multiple accounts allows Chen to play the game without help from friends. He also says he prefers spending real money in the game than capturing other players’ gyms, because he likes to keep things peaceful.
Clearly, he has little consideration for other participants in the city’s traffic, but that’s an entirely different story. Still, do take this word of advice: don’t let a hobby put you in danger. Texting is bad enough.