Accounts are required for running a map. The map software essentially logs into multiple accounts and walks around
gathering data (e.g. Pokemon and gyms). As most of you know, IVs are different for all accounts below level 30, so if
you are looking to scan IV as well, you will need a set of level 30 accounts dedicated to scanning IVs.
There are two types of accounts that can log into Pokemon Go: Pokemon Trainer Club (PTC) and Google. Since Google
accounts are hard to create automatically, most maps use PTC accounts.
You can create your own PTC accounts using Kinan
or buy them off
others (typically from Selly). You can find listings from various Discord channels or simply Googling for them. See
below for a sample list of sellers:
Keep in mind that Selly does not allow items to be less than 1 cent, so sellers typically have coupon codes in the
description to reduce the price even further.
The main cost of creating accounts are captchas. The primary captcha solving service that the Pokemon Go mapping
community uses is 2Captcha
. They solve Pokemon Go captchas at $0.003 each.