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The key selling point of Fixup (which launched in 2012) is that its human employees match applicants by hand, rather than relying on computer algorithms.

The same process will happen for PokéDates, says the company, with Fixup assuring users that its specialists will pair people with similar interests — regardless of whether they're Team Instinct, Valor, or Mystic.

Even Tinder, despite its reputation for attracting users seeking causal romance, may deserve a more open mind.

“It's a myth that some sites are better for relationships while others are more for hookups,” says Manfredi.

Then, presumably, comes love, marriage, a Weedle in a carriage, etc.

This isn't a completely new venture, but rather a service built on an existing dating site named Project Fixup.

Project Fixup is currently only available in the US.

Kominers thinks online daters could be well served by a service that isn’t quite free but doesn’t involve a subscription fee either.

In the past, the company has organized themed dates such as bike rides and wine tasting sessions, and says that finding common ground via a video game is hardly a stretch.

There's no cost to sign up and users' first PokéDate is free (with promo code "POKEDATES2016").

Inspired by Jiayuan.com, the largest online dating site in China, he thinks dating sites would have happier customers overall if they did away with their current pricing models and charged users per message sent.

“If sending messages had a price or you could send only a fixed number per day, people you contact online would know you had to give up something to do so, which would incentivize better behavior,” he says.

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