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A new dating service built around Pokémon Go wants to help game players find exactly what they’re looking for. And no, we’re not talking about Pikachu. PokéDates, a new site from Project Fixup, lets players of the mobile gaming phenomenon meet fellow gamers at a specific time and location, where they can commence playing Pokémon Go together and hopefully find true love along the way.
To sign up, all you have to do is answer a few standard dating questions about what you’re looking for in a partner, and let their specialists know when you’re free to play. Project Fixup’s trained matchmakers will then pair you with the most suitable candidate, and send you both a time and place to meet, usually near a pokéstop or training gym.
One thing that’s made Pokémon Go so popular is that it doesn’t cost anything to play. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for PokéDates. While it’s free to sign up, users will have to pay $20 per meeting after their first, which is free with the promo code POKEDATES2016.
Though PokéDates starts the same way traditional online dating does, in front of a screen, it’s distinction is that it takes a commonality between two people and applies it to the real world. In other words, Tinder this is not. "Browsing, swiping, messaging back-and-forth starts as fun and exciting and turns into a huge time-suck," said Project Fixup's "Chief Fixup Officer" Dank Korenevsky. "PokéDates and Project Fixup give people their time back and turns online dating into offline dating."
We’re not sure if two people staring at their screens all day constitutes offline dating, but that's basically what regular dating look like these days anyways.
Let us know if you think finding love and Pokémon Go belong together. Would you use this dating service?