Bumble Shuts Down Gay Dating App Chappy

  • Friday, March 13 2020 @ 02:40 pm
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The gay dating app Chappy has shut down.

Bumble is shutting down gay dating app Chappy, part of the suite of dating apps under parent company Magic Lab. Bumble will integrate the service into its own app, effective February 28th.

According to Culture Map Austin, Bumble is encouraging Chappy users to download Bumble and try it out, offering them a week of its premium service for free. Chappy is no longer displaying profiles so essentially the search function is turned off. By the end of February, all of Chappy’s user information will disappear from the app.

Chappy posted an FAQ about the closure on its website, stating: “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.”

As part of Magic Lab’s suite of dating apps, Chappy fell under Bumble’s executive leadership and new majority owner Blackstone Group, Inc., and moved its offices to Austin. Magic Labs had its own change of hands before the decision was made to shut down Chappy. Late last year, CEO and founder Andrey Adreev stepped down and sold his majority stake in Magic Labs, valued at $3 billion, after reports surfaced of sexual harassment claims among its employees. Complaints were made specifically against Andreev for creating a toxic work culture there. Wolfe Herd then became CEO of Magic Labs as part of the acquisition. 

Executives at Bumble and Blackstone said in a statement: “We are deeply thankful for the teams that have operated Chappy, and are welcoming many of them to Bumble to support our continued growth.”

They went on to say that integrating Chappy into Bumble “would provide the best long-term user experience.”

In a separate statement, co-founder of Chappy Sam Dumas said he will continue to work with Bumble as an LGBTQ+ brand adviser during the transition. 

“Bumble and Chappy share similar missions: empowering their users and creating a stronger sense of belonging for all users, regardless of their identity,” Dumas said.

Critics have been outspoken about the move, saying that the gay dating app market is slimming. Website Queerty pointed out that Chappy had created a unique offering among gay dating apps by offering its users three types of connections – casual, commitment, or exploring – to better define searches and expectations in the LGBTQ+ community.

Chappy had 620,000 registered users, and was founded in the U.K. in 2017. For more on this dating service you can read our Bumble app review.