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Dating can be tough for those who are enthusiastic about video games. Even if we ignore the social stigma that surrounds “gamers” and “gamer culture”—which certainly doesn’t make finding a companion any easier—there’s still one big obstacle: game enthusiasts are a niche market.

But gamers deserve love too, and several sites have popped up over the years that can help gamers find romantic partners who also share a love for video games. If you’re in that boat, give these online dating networks Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More a try and see how they work for you.

Note: Gamer-centric dating is extremely niche. As such, these sites are nowhere near the scale of mainstream alternatives like OkCupid or Tinder. So, realistically, they’re worth a shot but you should not expect immediate success.

Gaming Passions

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The Passions Network is a large web of online dating sites, each one focused on a particular point of interest. Among the likes of Music Passions, Fashion Passions, and Pets Passions, there’s also Gaming Passions which aims to help gamers match up with other gamers in love and romance.

While the site looks straight out of the 1990s, it’s functional and suffices. Right away, without creating an account, you can perform a Quick Search to browse through potential matches based on age, location, and distance. That’s pretty convenient if you ask me.

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But for best results, you should create your own account. It’s free and allows others to contact you if you match their criteria. Be sure to join various Groups, which are categorizations that highlight your gaming preferences. For example, if you join the Oculus Rift group and someone searches for Oculus Rift 5 Amazing Non-Gaming Ways People Are Using Oculus Rift 5 Amazing Non-Gaming Ways People Are Using Oculus Rift "It's just a gimmick." That's what people said about the Wiimote, the Kinect, and more recently Google Glass, and that's what they're saying about the Oculus Rift. If you're one of them, I implore you... Read More matches, you’ll be included in the results.

The site isn’t a wasteland. At any given moment, there are at least a few dozen other members online, which you can view using the Who’s Online feature.

LFGDating

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LFGDating, which is named after the Looking For Group party-finding acronym that’s so common in MMORPGs these days The 10 Greatest Free MMORPGs To Start Playing Now The 10 Greatest Free MMORPGs To Start Playing Now The landscape of MMORPG gaming has never been better than it is today. Some may pine for the good old days when games like Ultima Online, Everquest, and Dark Age of Camelot dominated the scene,... Read More , seems like a reputable service. It presents itself with a modern interface and a mission statement that’s unique enough to warrant your interest.

Creating an account is free. The initial process of setting up your profile will require about 10 to 15 minutes of your time, but it’s well worth it. First you fill out your physical details, followed by lifestyle descriptors (e.g. exercise, leisure, favorites), and ending with miscellaneous details regarding education and family.

Then, you go through the same exact process to describe your ideal match. Again, it’s worth taking the time to fill this out properly. Afterwards, LFGDating lists all members who fit your match criteria. There doesn’t seem to be a way to browse through or query the member database directly, but that isn’t really necessary with this system.

Free members can respond to received messages but cannot send them. Premium membership, which costs $5 per month, grants unlimited messaging capabilities. This helps to cut down on spamming and trolling.

Gamer Dating

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Let’s start this one with a disclaimer: Gamer Dating hasn’t actually launched yet. It’s currently open for registration and you can edit your profile, but the whole “find a romantic partner” portion of it won’t launch until January 1, 2015.

As of now, the site has accumulated over 140,000 registrations and hopes to hit the 250,000 mark by the time it officially launches. This seems like a good idea in theory: rather than launching with a meager userbase that fails to build momentum, it can start with a lot of inertia right from the start. Will it work? We’ll have to wait and see.

At launch, Gamer Dating will offer 3 account tiers. The free package only lets you access the site and browse members while $35 grants 6 months of premium and $70 grants 12 months of premium. Premium accounts can send private messages, live chat, post comments on profiles, and earn a free game from Gamer Dating’s list of choices.

It’s hard to say whether this site will succeed, but January 1 isn’t too far away and it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Keep an eye on it!

Where Do YOU Find Dates?

I’ll repeat it once more: dating can be tough for gamers. If you’re dead set on finding a partner who’s as enthusiastic about games as you are, then these sites may prove useful to you.

However, for better and faster results, you may want to try a few other online dating sites with broader appeal, particularly ones that target geeks, nerds, and intellectuals 5 Reasons It's Better To Date A Geek [Opinion] 5 Reasons It's Better To Date A Geek [Opinion] Let's face it - geeks make for a better relationship than any of those alpha-male types. Exactly why is that though? Are you prepared to shun good looks for reliability and utility? What can you... Read More . For starters, consider looking into SoulGeek, Gk2Gk, and IntellectConnect.

Know of any other reputable online dating sites for gamers? Have you used one before? How did it fare for you? Please share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments!

  1. Robert Walker
    January 4, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Hey, I'm the founder of Cuddli, and we'd love to be added to the article too! We launched at PAX in Seattle and were just at GaymerX in San Jose.

    Cuddli is a dating app for geeks. We're the best way to meet gamers, geeks, otaku, and cosplayers in the real world. We built it from the ground up as an app by and for the community. Profiles are as geeky as you'd expect and you can send pictures, stickers, emojis and even play games inside the app (we have a dancing game now and plan to add more in the future).

    Right now we're only on Android, but plan to launch on iOS in Q1 2016. Hope you will check out our app and review us! :)

    Our Web site is at http://www.cuddli.com

  2. Casey Tebo
    April 27, 2015 at 3:26 am

    @Tom,

    Two things. 1 - thank you for creating a profile with us. We are thrilled to have you with us. No doubt about that. 2 - you're entirely correct.

    Let me say that again. You are entirely correct in feeling that way. And I'm sorry LFGdating put you in that position.

    Every company has its origins. Our is a very transparent one: we needed to start somewhere, and we chose the US because that is where we founded LFGdating. Do we plan on expanding internationnaly? Absolutely. Reading this on the screen of your desktop, tablet, phone or whatever cannot adequately express our enthusiasm over this. We cannot wait to open our doors internationally regarding paid services.

    However, we are a young company (opened beta in January 2012 / closed beta in February 2013). We're growing - rapidly. The ability for me to see the alert on my iPhone that you replied to my posting above shows this. We started here, but we are over the moon that we have the ability to be international within the next year.

    Ultimately, Patrick (the other co-founder) and I feel like we let you down - and we did. We're sorry LFGdating isn't capable to support what you want it to do, yet. We have our reasons for growing LFGdating the way we have, but that doesn't excuse having one of our members have your experience.

    You also asked for my email, and I am more than happy to offer it. It is casey (dot) tebo (at) LFGdating (dot) com. If you have the time, I look forward to hearing from you and hearing your thoughts on how we can make LFGdating better. Patrick and I are not disillusioned - we know LFGdating can be better - and we cannot better it there without intelligent conversations with members such as yourself.

    I hope you've had a great weekend, Tom. Please take care, and I hope my inbox finds an email from you in the near future!

    Casey

  3. Casey Tebo
    April 10, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    @Joel Don't know why we didn't thank you yet for writing about us in your article. We're sorry. Thank you so much for the time you spent researching, writing, and sharing your honest thoughts!

  4. Casey Tebo
    April 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    @Paper We're located out of Chicago and Houston, so if you're in the US, we're locally based. If you do take a stop by LFGdating and create an profile, my personal email address will be sent to you with your confirmation email, so please let me know what you think! Over half of our web development in the works has come from user feedback, so we look forward to hearing from you. Have a great weekend Paper!

  5. Casey Tebo
    April 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    @HEITGH We're sorry you feel our site is worthless since you're in Canada. That's definitely not our intention, and we're sorry you feel that way. Since we are still a young company, we have not expanded our site's premium services outside of the US yet.

    And you bring up a good point - LFGdating still needs some work outside of the US if we want to succeed long term. Does LFGdating still have ways to go before we feel it's where we want it to be? Absolutely. We're a work in progress. We've come a long way since our beta in 2013, but yes, we still have work to do.

    Also, we're sorry if we came off too aggressive with our first comment. Patrick (the other co-founder) and I feel that engaging in dialogue with members and potential members shows transparency. We're two guys trying to grow a tasteful, mature gamer dating site. We're not a corporate office in a metropolitan high rise. Yet!

    • Tom
      April 27, 2015 at 12:15 am

      @Casey Tebo

      O-Hi-O there Casey.

      I was intrigued and looked alot forward to your dating site LFGdating.. but when i got there and signed up and filled out everything.. I got confronted or kinda felt alienated as a Non-American.. For i am from EU and don't own a creditcard for we mostly do not own one at all, for we all use our bankpasses. But the point is/was, i got confronted with the subscription model.. Ofcourse i do understand what kind sir, Joel Lee mentioned (To protect from spammers and trolls) But the thing is.. There's no way for me.. To ever get a subscription..? And i found or came across some nice matches.. But couldn't do anything about it.. it kinda saddend me actually, and thus.. Your site been giving me a very nasty after taste.. I hope you guys will consider this or get in the back of your heads that not the whole entire world runs on creditcards.. And you will miss out or neglect a large base of people/community for not allowing other payment options like bankpasses as my favorite one would be Ideal or Paypal (If no other choice)

      I just wanna make clear Sir Casey, i am not looking down or resenting your creation. But i can't help but to feel kinda bitter about it, for it really looks sweet and straight to the point and has quality.. But it reminds me of some of the games (free to play or sub based mmo's) That you can't do anything or need to get forced to get something.. That you can't or simply can't get in order to get it/buy it.

      I wish you well with your website.. I just wish you guys were more Non-American friendly.. atleast ASAP if i don't ask to much alright? You could see this more as in, more potential, perhaps alot more community/playerbase of a increase if you would address these things i would like to have your email sir, so we could talk/mailing a bit more privately about the matters at hand we're both currently facing.

  6. Paper
    March 27, 2015 at 3:13 am

    When a representative of a website you are giving support/advertising to automatically responds to a comment from a user about said site, that tends to throw up some red flags right away. Also, the being able to pick out specifics for your "ideal match" is kina shallow when looking for a match. First time looking up a reference to dating sights for gamers; so I'm hoping I'm not gonna find a bunch of rip off reports about these sites or find out they're all based out of Singapore or some ridiculous location in the next 10 minutes while I check them out. That being said...I may check it out, but I don't think I'll subscribe to lfg. Serious red flag when it comes to what I know about outsourcing advertisement among other inexcusable ways to take people for what you want from them.

  7. Fred
    March 21, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    You forgot to add datehero.com

    • Joel
      March 21, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Fred, wasn't aware of that one!

  8. Casey Tebo
    November 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Hello,

    I'm Casey Tebo - one of the co-founders of LFGdating. Scutterman, thank you for checking us out and creating a profile. Our members are near and dear to us, and I'm sorry the experience didn't meet your standard.

    First, we are currently finishing up our full internal redesign a couple smaller web dev projects. One of them is a check box that differentiates between the United States and international members. As a start-up, our focus was upon the United States, and we understand your frustration that we have not addressed this until now.

    Secondly, our choice to employ age ranges instead of specific ages stems from research. During our building phase, we surveyed potential members, gathered as much data as we could, and made an informed decision. That being said, once again, I'm sorry our choice to do this doesn't fully match with what you are looking for.

    And finally, the Match Preferences section of the profile setup is actually not cut-and-pasted, but it does take on that feel - intentionally. Our research showed that asking similar questions during this step would ensure our members get the closest possible matches.

    However, I disagree with your phrasing that our site isn't fully functional. Did you know that we've had relationships form through members who have met on our site? Did you know that we have members, on a monthly basis, who cancel their subscriptions because of people they've met through LFGdating? So while I apologize for our site not meeting your standards - We have members who would beg to differ.

    Best,
    Casey Tebo

    • HEITGH
      April 10, 2015 at 9:01 am

      That response from LFGdating is fairly aggressive and clearly not much has changed. I'm a Canadian, this site is absolutely useless. They added a selection for countries. They don't even bother to fill in Canadian provinces (still says states and ZIP code). When checking matches the page has all this useless space that could be used for a location because someone half way through the US is not a useful person for me to pursue at this time regardless of them hitting all of the match filters.

      Clearly this company likes to save face with such aggressive responses. So I'm kind of wondering if Mr. Tebo will be back to tell me how great the site is.

  9. Casey Tebo
    November 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Hello,

    I'm Casey Tebo - one of the co-founders of LFGdating. Scutterman, thank you for checking us out and creating a profile. Our members are near and dear to us, and I'm sorry the experience didn't meet your standard.

    First, we are currently finishing up our full internal redesign a couple smaller web dev projects. One of them is a check box that differentiates between the United States and international members. As a start-up, our focus was upon the United States, and we understand your frustration that we have not addressed this until now.

    Secondly, our choice to employ age ranges instead of specific ages stems from research. During our building phase, we surveyed potential members, gathered as much data as we could, and made an informed decision. That being said, once again, I'm sorry our choice to do this doesn't fully match with what you are looking for.

    And finally, the Match Preferences section of the profile setup is actually not cut-and-pasted, but it does take on that feel - intentionally. Our research showed that asking similar questions during this step would ensure our members get the closest possible matches.

    However, I disagree with your phrasing that our site isn't fully functional. Did you know that we've had relationships form through members who have met on our site? Did you know that we have members, on a monthly basis, who cancel their subscriptions because of people they've met through LFGdating? So while I apologize for our site not meeting your standards - We have members who would beg to differ.

    Best,
    Casey Tebo

  10. Scutterman
    November 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I went and had a look at LFGDating, and I found numerous problems with it. I didn't see this mentioned anywhere on the site, but it seems to be set up specifically for Americans. It doesn't have a "Country" box that I can see, and all of the qualifications were American qualifications.

    Also, LFGDating forces you to select very specific age ranges for people you want to meet. I have to choose between "18-24" or "25-31". Being 25 myself, I'd like to select a custom age range between those two, but I can't. It also makes me choose hair colour, eye colour, body type, and ethnicity. I don't really care about most of those traits, I'm much more interested in the personality. Everything about the "You're interested in" section is overly restrictive, and is obviously copy-pasted directly from the "About me" section.

    Overall, I just can't see that it's fully functional, let alone premium.

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