The app is being rolled out in London, New York City and Los Angeles.
Ollie Locke – of Made in Chelsea fame – came out as gay last year after coming to terms with his sexuality.
“I have had a really struggling coming out session in the last 10 years, it has obviously been quite well-documented but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I struggled. For me there was no platform for me to meet gay men,” he told The Independent.
Locke says that Chappy’s mission is to provide gay men with a safe, welcoming and high quality platform to connect and date online. The app allows users to choose what they’re looking for at the time – Mr Right or Mr Right Now.
The website for the app explains: “Chappy is a new chapter in gay dating.” Bored of the stigma associated with gay dating, co-founders Ollie Locke & Jack Rogers decided it was time to shake things up, teaming up with mainstream dating app Bumble, to create.
“We want to give gay men the opportunity to have conversations that match their intentions,” says Locke. “Choice is at the heart of Chappy, it’s why we created the ‘Chappy Scale’ offering ‘Mr. Right’ or ‘Mr. Right Now’.
The 29-year-old adds: “We appreciate that for many men the ‘Mr. Right’ function will be their default – and we’re very proud to finally give Chappy users that opportunity.”
Although it won’t launch until early 2017, the developers are already encouraging pre-launch sign-up through their website.