You might’ve heard of the Japanese practice of enjo kosai, or compensated dating, where (usually) men pay (usually) young women to go out with them (and sometimes a bit more).
Well, move over, compensated dating: now we’ve got compensated gaming.
This via a new site that just launched in Japan called GameRoom. The concept: log on, search the various profiles for someone you’d like to game with, then set a date and time for some online gaming and chatting. The gamers get paid a certain number of “coins” per hour depending on how popular they are.
The lineup of games you can play together has features the lineup you might expect: League of Legends, Fortnite, Overwatch and so on. You can also pay your partner just to talk about games or even share an online drink.
One section of the homepage hints at the future of GameRoom: maybe soon you’ll be able to learn Gamer English, have a gamer babysit your kids, or hang out with an elderly parent or other relative. Some older folk love video games, after all.
After a session, gamers and users give each other a rating. It’s like the Lyft of compensated gaming.
Taking a look at the gamer profiles, it definitely looks like there’s a range of interesting folks offering their gaming services. Wonder if anyone’s willing to game with some USA otaku.