Flirtual is a dating app designed to match VR users together and to facilitate dates in social VR applications. The creators say it’s a codification of a trend that’s already happening—people meeting in VR and going on to form real-world relationships.

Finding real relationships through online games is nothing new. For at least a few decades now, players in virtual worlds like Runescape, World of Warcraft, and Second Life, have formed virtual friendships and partnerships that often carry over to the real-world.

The same has of course been happening in VR, and while the games of yore saw players communicating mostly by text and voice, VR of course ups the ante with the feeling of being physically present with others as well as bringing a significant portion of body language into the mix. Although VR users are still represented as avatars—which generally bare little resemblance to their real selves—VR makes the experience of interacting with people in virtual worlds objectively more rich; far from doing a /dance emote in an MMO, VR users can actually dance together and some use that added immersion to get even more intimate in VR.

That added realism makes VR the ideal platform for forming real-life relationships, say the creators of Flirtual, an online dating app which is designed to match VR users based on their interests and then facilitate a meetup in VR.

Rather than being its own self-contained social VR app, Flirtual is actually a non-VR app (currently available on Android, Windows, and browsers) which serves to match users who can then decide on their own where and how to meet in VR. The creators say most of the app’s VR socializing is presently happening in VRChat.

The Flirtual app itself will be familiar to anyone who has used a modern online dating app, with a few caveats.

Instead of pictures of themselves, Flirtual asks users to upload photos of their avatar (or avatars). The sign-up process involves typical questions like what you’re interested in, and what kind of person you’re looking to match with. And while there’s the expected ‘Sexual Orientation’ field, you’ll find ‘Experimenting in VR’ among a range of more common options. Also specific to VR, Flirtual asks which VR equipment you own and what your favorite social VR apps are.

Image courtesy Flirtual

While it might seem strange to match with other users when only knowing what their VR avatar looks like, the creators of Flirtual say that, for many, that’s part of the appeal of VR dating.

“When you choose how you look [via your avatar], it’s personality that makes the difference,” the developers assert. “[Flirtual is for a] vibe check in VR before sending IRL pics or video calling.”

Beyond matching users in the app, Flirtual also hosts speed dating and social events in VR.

Image courtesy Flirtual

Flirtual fo-founders Anthony Tan and Kyle Farewell say their desire to facilitate matches among VR users comes from their own experience with VR dating.

“Why are we doing this? Because VR has changed our lives. Honestly. It’s helped us come out of our shells, meet some of our best friends, survive quarantine sane, and fall in love.”

Farwell says he met his girlfriend of two years in VRChat, and the pair recently moved in together.

Flirtual is a re-launch of a similar service that Farwell started in 2018 called VRLFP (Virtual Reality Looking-for-Partner). After bringing on Tan as CEO the duo worked to launch the modern version of Flirtual, which also includes the ability to search for new VR friends rather than specifically seeking romantic connections.

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  • kool

    Idk about the romantic stuff but they need an app to find people with the same games in VR.

    • benz145

      Maybe give VRlfg.net a try.

  • Nepenthe

    Sure, why not? I met my wife through OKCupid. There’ll come a day when meeting in VR or some digital 3D space will start to be commonplace. Eventually it may seem weird (or unlikely) to meet any other way.

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  • Nice idea, I think it can be fun

  • ViRGiN

    cringe

    • Cless

      Not my cup of tea either, but don’t be a hater D:

    • Stardust

      Name checks out.

      • ViRGiN

        found the weeb/furry who has 5000 hours in vrchat, and bought 10 htc trackers

        • JebacRiot

          Still having a better life than you :c

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            username checks out. go back on pole.

  • This made more sense to me once I got to the “this is so you can get to know someone based on their personality first”. I was like “ohhhhh”

  • NL_VR

    That guy represent most typical little anime girl in VRChat ;D

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  • Stardust

    I met my now husband in VRChat. I could see this working for some people. I just hope they stay safe!

    • ViRGiN

      did you also have wedding online?

      • JebacRiot

        Username checks out.