Gamers across the world tend to have a poor reputation when it comes to romance. Kippo, a dating/social app dedicated to gamers is trying to fix that. The image of social lepers downing gallons of Red Bull hunched over their keyboards deep into the night still pervades the “gamer” identity. Pejoratives like “neckbeard” and “weeb” still echo through the halls of college dorms across North America.
But, the narrative is slowly changing. As esports grow, the equivalent of gaming jocks is emerging. Twitch and YouTube continue to expose millions to game franchises they would have never picked up before. And according to ESA, there are over 164 Million gamers in the US alone. Gaming is now mainstream. With that said: don’t gamers need love too?
We talked to the app’s founder, David Park, about how he’s getting positive feedback from many female users about how they feel more secure using Kippo.
“We asked [users] what about Kippo is appealing to you? And the biggest thing we heard is, you don’t have the pressure to meet up with a stranger 30 minutes after you match up with them.”
David Park – Founder/CEO of Kippo
One way Kippo is also setting itself apart from other apps is a unique “card” system. With Kippo’s cards, you can learn a lot more about a potential paramour besides that they like “adventures”. In the cards, you can list your top ten games, your Myers-Briggs Personality profile, and a multitude of other interests that can get you the most like-minded matches.
Kippo currently is only available on iOS, but Park says an Android version is “coming soon.”
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