Forget Pikachu — everyone wants to catch the love bug. Pokémon Go has already succeeded in getting people to exercise and explore the outdoors, and now it’s getting us to go on dates, too!
By signing up for the new dating service PokéDates, you might find your soul mate — or PokéMate, as they call it — so you can “catch ‘em all, together.”
How does this crazy idea work? Pokémon Go players answer a few questions about themselves and what they’re looking for in a potential date, plus whether they have any total deal breakers. Next, users plug in dates and times when they’re available to explore and play the augmented reality game with a new pal. Finally, matchmakers work their magic and Pokédaters get an email with all the details about when and where to meet their match.
While the first date is free with the code “POKEDATES2016,” each subsequent date will cost $20. The service is currently available throughout the U.S. and Canada, and members must be at least 25 years old to participate.
The specialized dating service was started by Project Fixup, a matchmaking company dedicated to adventuring and meeting new people instead of swiping and messaging.
“Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm and it’s more fun to play with a companion. We hope PokéDates will bring singles together to experience the joy of the game and explore their city while getting to know one another,” Sarah Press, Project Fixup CEO, said in a statement, according to Business Insider.
Since Pokémon Go launched earlier this month, it has completely captivated the country and broken records as the fastest mobile game to hit 10 million downloads. Even stars like Justin Bieber, John Mayer, Demi Lovato and Tyga are hooked on the game. However, there have been several scary incidents stemming from the app: thieves have targeted players using the location features, two men fell off a cliff while searching for the characters, and a teen found a dead body while hunting for water Pokémon.
Check out PokéDates here!
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