Pokémon Go-Inspired Dating Service Is Peak Insanity

Twenty bucks will buy you the chance to walk next to someone while you both stare at your phones

Will you catch a Pidgey or a soulmate on your next outing? — Getty Images
Jul 20, 2016 at 1:23 PM ET

As Pokémon Go continues to infiltrate every aspect of society, it’s inevitable that someone would try and capitalize on the opportunities for romance. Enter PokéDates, a dating service which promises to match you with with another player for good hunting and, if all goes well, a good dinner afterward.

While the Pokémon part is new, the service is actually run by an existing site called Project Fixup, which has been around since 2012. The service uses humans (no algorithms, no Pokémon) to make matches based on people’s shared interests. So you sign up, answer a few questions about what you’d like in a partner, and then tell PokéDates when you’re free to go looking for Charizard love. One you’re matched up with another Pokémon trainer, the two of you will meet near a PokéStop or gym to continue your quest of catching them all.

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But here’s the curveball: each date will cost you $20, which is a hefty price to pay for a single shot at romance (but the first one is free if you use promo code “POKEDATES2016”). So if you’d rather spend your cash on potion, you could also try to find your soulmate the old-fashioned way: striking up a chat with one of the many other people you see being led around by their phone.