Chen San-yuan, a 70-something-year-old Taiwanese fan is known as the “Pokémon GO Grandpa”, and it’s a nickname that has been well earned. He’s been known to strap up to 6 smartphones on his bicycle in an efficient, if unorthodox, methodology to maximise his Pokémon GO experience.
He’s taken things up a notch, however. Earlier this year, Taiwanese tech company ASUS took notice of Chen and made him the ambassador of their ASUS ZenFone series; they also gifted the enthusiast with 22 ASUS Zenfone Max Pros for his passion/hobby.
Here, Chen is seen making the rounds in Taipei while stopping at Poke Stop locations to spin all 20+ of his smartphones. This gives him more experience points, as well as in-game items.
In a glowing endorsement of the benefits of gaming for the elderly, Chen was quoted as saying,
“There’s a lot of fun, I can connect with people, prevent Alzheimer’s disease.”
Niantic’s AR-based mobile game, Pokemon GO has more than 800 million downloads in 3 years, and has an estimated count of 5 million daily players.