Pokemon GO gets more social, launches new dating service

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Pokemon GO continues to encourage people to socialize as it launches a new dating service, called PokéDates, to help players find love while playing the viral mobile app.

The launch of the new dating service comes after the successful release of the Niantic-developed hit augmented reality mobile app, which has gripped millions of people around the world.

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The goal is to get single Pokemon GO players to meet up at a prearranged PokeStop or PokeGym before exploring the places and finding creatures like Pikachus or Squirtles.

The service works by selecting the match to finding a time based on members’ provided availability. Players received an email confirming the time and place of the meet up along with some important details about their match. The service select the most convenient PokeStop or PokeGym to meet up.

According to GameRant, the user’s first PokeDate match is free of charge, but if the users agree to the date, the user is charged $20 though there are no subscription fees. The service is currently open to all members of the LGBT communities and people of all races, gender identities and ages (though users must be 18 or over to get the service).

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PokeDates has been created by Project Fixup, a US-based dating startup that claims to have arranged thousands of meetups since launching in Chicago in 2012.

PokéDates will initially only be available in the US but a planned wider roll out could take place in the coming weeks or months.

Picture Courtesy: Eduardo Woo/Flickr Creative Commons

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