"I caught a few Pidgeys and one Eevee, nothing special," Reddit user Unity Treeof Savior wrote shortly after the mobile game launched.
"I was about to start walking back home then some girl asked, 'hey, are you playing actually has a lot more in common with more old-school, in-person methods of cruising than those provided by Tinder or Hinge.
This week, it's far more likely they're playing is now the single person's pastime of choice, and it's more than just a way to catch 'em all—it's a way to find a catch."It's perfect as a dating game," says Karen North, professor of digital social media at the USC Annenberg School.
Less than a week ago, it would've been easy to assume a young person determinedly flicking at their smartphone screen in a bar or coffee shop was swiping through potential dates on Tinder.
Sure, it lives on smartphones like those apps, but since its AR gameplay requires you to be outside, is far more social than swiping in your living room.
It's not the same as joining softball league or going to a singles mixer, but it does provide a better way to start talking to someone than complimenting their shirt or asking their astrological sign."If you’re out and you see somebody playing, it's like at a bar: it gives you a shared social situation," says North.
Players will battle in weeks of competition against the best of the best in SM OU, Ubers, UU, RU, NU, LC, and Doubles leading up to an exciting playoff where we crown our first ever SSD champion!
Keep an eye open for signups and see if you have what it takes to win the inaugural edition of this new official tournament!