- A 70-year-old Taiwanese man has gone viral for his dedication to the mobile video game “Pokémon Go.”
- Photos from Twitter show Chen San-yuan playing the game on 11 different phones at the same time using a special rig tied around his waist.
- San-yuan, who has been given the nickname “Uncle Pokémon” has slowly upgraded his setup over the last few months and reportedly spends more than $1,200 a month on the free-to-play game.
A Taiwanese man has earned the nickname Uncle Pokémon after gaining international attention for his outrageous dedication to “Pokémon Go.” Recent photos show Chen San-yuan, 70, using a waist-mounted rig to play the mobile video game on 11 different phones at the same time.
— ロキ (@muumi5x15) November 3, 2018
San-yuan first garnered virual attention in May, when photos of the elderly man playing “Pokémon Go” on a bike-mounted setup with six phones surfaced on Reddit. By the time video game news outlet EXP.GG tracked him down on camera in June, San-yuan had upgraded his setup to use nine phones at once from his bike.
Now it seems that San-yuan has built a new rig to use even more phones without a bike. In August, BBC reported that San-yuan spends more than $1,290 a month on “Pokémon Go.” While the game is free-to-play, the money is spent on new phones and in-game items — the kind of dedication that may have helped Pokémon Go ring up $73 million in revenue in October.
San-yuan uses multiple portable battery packs to power the devices and he can play for up to 20 hours at once. He told the BBC that he plans to add four more phones to his setup, bringing the total to 15.