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Match Group Puts Crypto, Metaverse Plans for Tinder on Hold

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Online dating giant Match Group is unhappy with one of its leading brands, Tinder, so it's putting its earlier plans to have the service adopt cryptocurrencies and venture into metaverse-based dating on hold.

In a recently released letter to the group’s shareholders, Bernard Kim, CEO of Match Group, showed a cautious approach toward integrating the company’s services with metaverse despite earlier bullish announcements and its last year's acquisition of social networking company Hyperconnect for an estimated USD 1.73bn.The CEO said a metaverse dating experience is important to capture the next generation of users, but added that,“However, given uncertainty about the ultimate contours of the metaverse and what will or won’t work, as well as the more challenging operating environment, I’ve instructed the Hyperconnect team to iterate but not invest heavily in metaverse at this time.” At the same time, Kim said that Match Group will “continue to evaluate this space carefully,” and that it will consider moving forward at “the appropriate time when we have more clarity on the overall opportunity and feel we have a service that is well-positioned to succeed.”All this comes as Kim shared his disappointment with Tinder’s results in the second quarter of 2022 and the service’s stalled growth.

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