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Dating service PokeDates wants to ride the 'Pokemon Go' wave

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, July 23, 2016  /  01:22 pm
Dating service PokeDates wants to ride the 'Pokemon Go' wave

People play "Pokemon Go" at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on July 17. (The Jakarta Post/Donny Fernando)

Amid the Pokemon Go hype, a dating service influenced by the augmented-reality game was introduced on Wednesday.

Dubbed PokeDates, the service allows singles in the US to explore their city playing Pokemon Go with someone.

The dates are organized based on a questionnaire on preferences and a mutual desire to play the game. PokeDates coordinates all the details, like selecting a convenient gym or PokeStop meeting point.

(Read also: After 'Pokemon Go', here comes 'Detective Pikachu' live action movie)

PokeDates was launched by Project Fixup, a popular offline dating startup launched in 2012 in Chicago.

"People dating online are spending more time online than out there dating, and since it all comes down to human chemistry, we wanted to cut out all the steps between signing up to a service and going on a date. PokeDates and Project Fixup give people their time back and turns online dating into offline dating," said Project Fixup chief Fixup officer Dank Korenevsky in a press release on Wednesday.

The first PokeDate is free, and members can earn more PokeDates by referring a friend or paying US$20 per date. (tif/kes)

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