There are over 33 million self-confessed ‘gamers’ in the UK, and with 1.8 million people on social dating apps, finding love in an online world can be a Minecraft to say the least. This is Jake and Cerys’s story.
When avid gamers Jake and Cerys from Carmarthen swiped left at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, they could have only imagined how their destinies would align.
Meeting online just a few months before the first national lockdown, the pair managed to work around restrictions by gaming together. Cerys even offered Jake a spare console, so they could continue gaming as the pandemic went on.
“Gaming is a huge part of our lives. In fact, it forms the basis for a lot of our friendships – and is how we first connected.”
As restrictions eased, the pair made the leap and moved in together, bringing with them a multiplayer friendship circle from across the world.
With local broadband download speeds averaging around 67Mbps, their connection in Carmarthen was just not giving them the competitive edge they needed. Regularly gaming around the house, Cerys upstairs and as far as you can be from the router, and Jake in the living room, both found the connection dropped frequently, causing frustration during those curtail game play moments.
“Downloads and updates would take hours. In the little time we have together, we want to spend it gaming with our friends, not waiting for updates to install.”