In the nearly two weeks since Pokémon Go launched in the US, rabid players have already come up with a number of insanely clever ways to find -- and catch -- Pokémon. And now, Pokémon Go-themed dating services have already arrived to help players find -- and catch -- well, love. Because nobody wants to be the very best ... alone.
One such service, Pokedates, officially launched nationwide on Wednesday, complete with Pokémon-like branding and the slogan, "Gotta catch 'em all, together!" according to a press release. Project Fixup, the Chicago-based dating startup behind PokeDates, claims it's the world's first Pokémon Go dating service, which given the game's insane popularity, is actually kind of surprising.
Just as the name suggests, the service works by matching singles for -- you guessed it -- playing Pokémon Go together on dates in their cities. Here's how the company describes it, per the release:
"'PokeDates' are curated dates where singles are matched based on their questionnaire preferences and a mutual desire to play Pokemon Go. PokeDates coordinates all the details, from selecting the match to finding a time based on members' provided availability, to selecting a convenient PokeGym or PokeStop meeting point."
However, just like advancing to high levels in the game, you're going to have to pay up to advance to a second "PokeDate" and beyond, each of which costs $20 after the free introductory "PokeDate" (because people need to cash in on the Pokémon insanity). To sign up for the service, you have to answer a few questions and share when you're free for said dates. With any luck, and perhaps a few Great Balls, you'll match up with another trainer, confirm a "PokeDate," and set off into the Rattata-infested wild of your neighborhood together.
Currently, Pokedates is only available via your desktop, but if you're looking for a mobile Pokémon Go dating service, an app called Pokematch also launched this week on the Google Play store (the iOS version is on the way), according to a press release. Judging from the app's description, it sounds quite a bit like Tinder... but with Pokémon.
"The concept is simple, you are shown different people, who you then 'catch' by swiping right," the press release states. "Once you both catch each other, you will be matched in a chat conversion, where you can find a public Pokestop to meet up and start hunting Pokemon together."
You can always add your Pokémon Go to your Tinder profile bio and see what happens, too. Anyway, the fact that there are already at least two Pokémon Go-themed dating apps this soon after the game launched is probably a good indication that they'll be as plentiful as Pidgeys pretty soon.
In other words, your Pokédex will be full of attractive people in no time.