This content originally appeared on Mashable for a US audience and has been adapted for the UK audience.
You know what they say: Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
Dating can be difficult, even at the best of times. Whether it’s finding common interests and shared passions, or even something as simple as holding a meaningful conversation, it can take a lot of work to find that special someone. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a long-term relationship or more of a fleeting connection. Dating can be awkward, challenging, and even downright stressful.
It’s not all bad though, and just because it can be difficult doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. And for gamers, fun is what really matters. The fun factor of dating apps is part of the reason we keep coming back to them. This is why apps like Tinder, what with its swipe-happy function, have become so popular. Thanks to the digital nature of the modern gaming market, gamers are able to connect with friends from all over the world in whatever they’re playing. The right dating apps and sites can offer that same opportunity, allowing you to meet people who share your passions.
Do you really need to use dating sites?
Meeting in bars, clubs, parks, and other romantic locations still happens on a regular basis, but you’re shortening your odds of finding something special by subscribing to a dating site. Why not give yourself the best chance of success?
Dating sites and apps allow you to get your information out there to a massive network of like-minded individuals, and you can save a lot of time, energy, and cash by testing out a potential relationship on an app before meeting in real life. Using dating apps is also a whole lot less intimidating than meeting someone face to face.
Should you use free dating apps?
The likes of Tinder and Hinge are seriously popular dating apps with massive networks of users, and they are free. Most of the biggest and best dating sites also have free versions, so yes, you can easily enter the online dating game without spending anything. There are levels to this game though.
For the best experience with the greatest possibility of finding exactly what you’re looking for, you are going to have to cough up some cash. You can still find love with a free app, but if you’re looking for compatibility tests, chat rooms, videos, and a greater level of control, we recommend upgrading.
What do you need to know before using a dating app?
The first rule of online dating is to just be yourself. By being yourself and presenting yourself accurately and honestly, you open yourself up to the possibility of a great relationship with someone who likes you just the way you are. Also, don’t be afraid to make the first move. Forget all those outdated rules that say a man is supposed to make the first move or that a woman can’t pay on a first date. Instead, focus on finding an equal partner who helps support your goals, wants to see you succeed, and has dreams of their own.
Once you decide to meet up, stay open. We often come up with an idea for how someone will be after meeting them online, and it’s rare that your expectations sync up with reality. Allow yourself to really get to know this person for who they are rather than who you thought they would be before you make up your mind.
If you really like them after finally meeting in person, set up your next date while you’re still hanging out. If you really don’t feel a connection, then do the right thing and tell them. Not only will they appreciate your direct approach, but it will alleviate that post-date awkwardness of wondering where you stand.
What is the best dating app for gamers?
Whether it’s the tried and tested sites like Match and eharmony, or sites that offer a little more for the gamer in you like GamerDating, there is a site out there that can help you find the perfect player two for life.
We have lined up all the best dating sites for gamers, with something for everyone. All you need to do is check out these options and pick a favourite. Simple, right? Almost. You will then need to actually start dating, but we’ll leave that to you.
These are the best dating sites for gamers in 2023.