Japan’s AI Pacific expands dating app Festar to Asia, US, UK

Visual from AI Pacific Ltd website.

Japan-based marketing firm AI Pacific Ltd has launched globally its local dating app “Festar” in 12 new countries, seven of which are in Asia.

The app matches users based on mutual interests and connects them in real time for a 10 minute chat.

Originally released in Japanese only, AI Pacific has made an English and Korean version of Festar for Android and is now available in beta in South Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The company said Festar has seen thousands of successful matches in Japan and an iOS release is coming soon.

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Founded eight years ago, AI Pacific aside from its mobile applications is also into media development and operation, as well as O2O or Online-to-Offline marketing. It is also the maker of smart food app SynchroLife.

AI Pacific president Tomochika Kamiya said he hopes to see new friendships and relationships popping up across the world using Festar, even as the company aims to bring the app’s matching rate up to 90 per cent and to bring in 100,000 users globally.

Kamiya explained Festar’s main feature which focuses on same hobbies of people is a proven case study in Japan where Japanese users really enjoyed getting to meet new people and a lot of successful matches have been observed.

“Most dating apps are based on looks and social status, and users can waste hours over-analyzing selfies and concocting the perfect pick up line. With Festar we wanted to give users a more natural way of meeting people — just talk for 10 minutes and see if you get along,” Kamiya said.

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To connect people faster than ever, AI Pacific’s Festar team has adjusted the matching algorithm and matching features. And with the new multilingual and worldwide release, they hope to help even more people find their match.

During the beta release in Japan, Festar saw 75 per cent of active users matching and chatting, and 29 per cent of users who chatted for 10 minutes mutually selected “Talk More” to continue talking with unlimited private messaging. Also 53 per cent of users came back to the app monthly, based on a five-month trial period.

But in terms of security concerns, Festar requires all users must be 18 years or older, Facebook verification is required, and the app includes security monitoring 24 hours a day 365 days a year, and users can be reported or blocked at anytime.

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
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