The Meet Group has announced that two new features will be added to its NextDate livestreaming game over the following weeks.
The new modes, called Blind Date and Second Date, will be first introduced to MeetMe and Skout in May, and are designed to help users make even stronger connections while remaining socially distant.
NextDate was first released in October 2019 and sees streamers randomly paired up with other singles, so they can engage in a two minute date while broadcasting to a watching audience.
Blind Date adds another element of mystery to the interaction. The streaming host will be able to hear the contestant’s voice but won’t be able to see them. Throughout the short conversation, the video will become less and less blurred, before finally being revealed when the time runs out or the host picks the ‘Date’ option.
Second Date allows a contestant to have multiple conversations with a streamer during the same session. When the pair like each other they can have the option to have additional ‘dates’ until the host decides to ‘Next’ them.
This update will let the viewers watch as deeper connections, and potential relationships, form during the longer interactions.
CEO of The Meet Group Geoff Cook explained in a statement: “Since the start of the pandemic, video chats have increased by 48%, and time spent in video increased by 47%.
“In response to the enacting and extension of social distancing measures across the country, we are accelerating the launch of video dating products across our portfolio of mobile dating apps in order to provide our users with new ways to connect during these uncertain times.”
In total, there are over 100,000 NextDate games played everyday across The Meet Group’s portfolio, and more than one million daily active users of video.
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