The gamification of courtship has gone global

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Deep Dive: Future of Dating

The future of the first date

An illustration of dating app features.
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First, dating apps moved the experience of bumping into a good-looking stranger online. Now, the apps are coming for first dates.

Driving the news: The League, an exclusive dating platform that requires users to link to their LinkedIn accounts and wait for approval to join, is out with a new service called League Live. Those who sign up can go on three speed video chat dates within the app every week — it's yet another iconic step in courtship being relegated to smartphones.

Special report: The gamification of courtship

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The gamification of courtship has gone global, from viral matchmaker shows in China to Tinder users who don't stop swiping even after finding love.