Sad news for Chappy fans. The dating app that tried to help you find Mr Right or Mr Right Now is closing down.
Since showing up on the dating app scene a few years ago, Chappy has had an uphill battle in trying to market itself among bigger named apps like Grindr, Jack’d, and Scruff. While the app didn’t market itself to a specific type of gay man (like Jack’d marketing itself around men of color and mostly black men), it did attempt to be seen as the “gentleman’s app.” When it launched in 2017, the app’s goal was to provide honest connections between queer men. As such, it provided the option of choosing which type of man you were looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now.
Unfortunately though, it now seems all that effort didn’t help the app and company keep a stable client-base and advertisement revenue. According the company behind Chappy, the app will be closing down for good next week on February 28. The app will also be merging with parent app Bumble, which caters to all sexualities.
“It’s been an incredible three years and we couldn’t be more grateful for the hundreds of thousands of you that have joined us on our mission to create a space for gay connection,” a statement on Chappy’s website reads.
“While it’s the end of the road for Chappy, all is not lost! We’re joining Bumble because we have the opportunity to take what we’ve built together here to the next level by creating a space for healthy and safe connections across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.”
“Bumble is committed to fighting all kinds of inequality, and we’re excited to land our spaceship safely in the Bumble Hive.”
That said, Chappy users won’t be keeping much of the Chappy experience once the merger happens. Not only will all private chats and connections disappear when Chappy goes down, but there’s no word on which features in Chappy will transfer over to Bumble. So it looks like the Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now idea will be disappearing with the Chappy name. If any users out there want to keep in contact with their connections, Chappy is recommending that you exchange numbers before February 28.
On the bright side, all user information will also be inaccessible to the public once the app goes down, so that won’t be floating somewhere on the internet. With all the constant user info leakage happening on other apps, it’s good to know that’s not an issue here. But sadly, that’s the only good news in a sea of bad ones.