Happy early April Fools’ Day: Google is looking for Pokemon Masters


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Google is looking for the very best, like no one ever was -- to be Pokémon Masters. Okay, not really. But the tech giant appears to have pulled the trigger early on one of its infamous April Fools' Day hoaxes, this time revealing a "Pokémon Challenge" in their Google Maps app.

"We value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures," wrote Google software engineer (and self-described Advanced Pokémon Trainer)  Tatsuo Nomura in a blog post announcing a tool for Pokémon trainers built into Maps . "It turns out that these skills have a lot in common with another profession—that of the Pokémon Master."

Google Maps also posted this video about a Pokémon challenge to Youtube. The prize? A job at Google, with the title "Pokémon Master."

(Hayley Tsukayama/Washington Post)
(Hayley Tsukayama/Washington Post)

While the "challenge" almost certainly will not actually land you an actual job with Google, Pokémon are actually showing up in the latest version of Google Maps for iOS and Android. If you zoom in at certain parts around the world, like say the Google campus, the digital monsters are just waiting to be captured.

In fact, there's even one in Lafayette Square, here in Washington.

There seem to be 150 of them total, although they aren't all from the original 150. The video sets a 2 p.m. Pacific time April 2 deadline for the "challenge" -- so if you want to catch them all, you're going to need to be fast.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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