Flirting about mutual interests is hardly a new concept. Just like outdoorsy folks probably wouldn’t want to date someone who’s scared of camping, gamers would probably like to weed out people who say they love video games, but really just mean they like to play Mario Kart at parties.
Gaming isn’t just the after-school hobby that parents think it is; it’s a culture. Though the physical products (from brawls over the PS5 to brawls over the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080) are an obviously crucial part, gaming culture today is highly based on connection between players. Live streaming, chatting with internet friends on Discord, and gamer content creators on TikTok have taken “multiplayer” to a new level.
People are clinging to video games for comfort and interaction during an otherwise extremely lonely pandemic. It’s only natural that gamers — a highly-enthusiastic group that’s already used to interacting in a virtual setting — would look for love on an app.
Which dating app will work for you depends on what your end goal is. People whose endgame is a big The Last of Us-type finish (like getting married or at least settling down in something long-term) and people who want to see what’s out there without the pressure to get serious (like an Overwatch scenario) will likely sign up for two different apps.
Here are our picks for the best dating sites for gamers — hit the grey arrow on each box to see more about why you might prefer one to another.