Old, buggy, privacy disaster
Review of The League app
Where to begin? This app is terrible. I signed up initially almost half a decade ago, in 2014, and the app has scarcely been updated since then (this review was posted in October of 2019). The design is old and crufty, and the app is full of bugs. Trying to edit your profile usually results in one or more loading screens that hang forever and ever, the app constantly crashes, and it’s often necessary to quit the app and start over. Even one of their many and frequent error messages asks that you try restarting the app (not encouraging). Photos that you upload will often fail to display, being replaced with a big X and an error message that says “Tap to Retry.” Trying to synchronize the app with LinkedIn often results in an infinite loading screen followed by a failure to connect. Trying to connect with Facebook often results in nothing at all: you’ll just tap the button again and again and nothing will happen. But try again 30 minutes later and it works. There’s no rhyme or reason to the app. It’s just poorly built.
To make matters worse, even when the app is working as intended, it does so in a sketchy and unintuitive way. For example, when you go into settings, you have the option to connect various social media profiles to your League profile. The natural assumption would be that connecting these profiles would show some sort of verification badge to prove that you’re a real person. But actually, that’s not what happens. For example, if you tap the Connect Instagram button to connect Instagram to your League profile, the app does something ridiculous: it assigns a customized user name to your dating profile that is the exact same username as the one on your Instagram profile. If you happen to be like a lot of people and use your full name for your Instagram profile, then suddenly your full name is now shown to everyone who sees your League profile, even if you haven’t matched with them. That is absolutely ridiculous. On top of that, you have no ability to edit this username once it is assigned. Although you are able to disconnect Instagram once it is connected, the button is tucked away at the bottom of the settings menu in a not so obvious location. And unfortunately, for other social media sites, like Facebook and LinkedIn, once they have been connected to The League app there is literally no way to disconnect them. Wild.
Not only is this a privacy disaster, but it’s also just poor app design. What if I deleted my old Facebook profile for privacy reasons? Why not let me update that and sync with my new Facebook profile, assuming I have one? Or what if I would simply like to disconnect the link between Facebook and The League’s app, also for privacy reasons? Clearly the developers of this app don’t care much about privacy.
These sorts of oversights would be annoying even in a free app, but what makes this all the more outlandish is the fact that The League charges megabucks to use its app. I’m not even joking—these guys charge a whopping $400 just to use the app for six months, and this is apparently a DISCOUNT. To use the app for a single month is—wait for it—$200. And get this: just like Tinder Gold, The League has an ability to see everyone who has already liked you. But unlike Tinder, The League charges $999 PER MONTH for this feature. Are you actually kidding? Are these people are bonkers? They’re building a worse app, an app looks like it was built a decade ago, an app that barely functions, and they’re simply charging exorbitant amounts for no good reason. i’m actually shocked that this app is still allowed in the App Store.
I completely understand that the app is trying to appeal to a certain clientele, and while I respect that in theory I must respectfully state the blatantly obvious, which is that this app’s pricing is highway-freaking-robbery, particularly when you consider how awful the app experience is. The entire operation, from pricing to features, seems designed to infuriate its user base rather than to provide anything of value to the world.
Summary: this company is coasting on an old, buggy, privacy-violating disaster of app, and they’re clearly trying to milk it for as much money as they can before it bites the dust. Don’t get duped into using it.
Thought it was a dating app.. spent time to set up my profile, but then there’s only options to view messages and view events.
I had no idea how to view singles, no idea how to find out more about these “events,” no idea how to view happy hour options (something I would be interstices in). The whole thing didn’t make any sense, and I’m guessing the only way to view all those options is by becoming a paid member- then that should be disclosed up front!
Ended up deleting right after set up.
Three to five matches a day?
Who knows maybe I’ll get nine if I pay, which is a waste of time for people who don’t waste their time
Happy to take your money
This app is expensive, and at first glance seems like you might get your money’s worth. BUT once you have paid the upfront fee, additional fees are requested if you want to be matched with someone. I had a 3 month membership and never received EVEN ONE match. I continually received messages telling me to wait, they were working on it, and asking for more money but it NEVER happened.
Terrible waste of money
Don’t bother, nothing special here.....
I’m not sure where to start really but in my experience with “The League” I can unequivocally see that it is an operational and marketing shtick, not quite a scam per se, but certainly nothing special about it that makes it any better than other apps. At the end of the day, no matter how much they will try and say otherwise, profit is the overwhelming concern, this “balanced and diverse” line is bogus, period.
The waitlist, the line about keeping this selective and having only the best people, it’s all a joke.
If you do not make their (The League’s) cut, you are put on a wait list. Therein lies the planted seed of wanting to get off the wait list but in reality, the only way for that to happen is to pay into the app. But wait, I thought this was about a selective pool of people? Yeah no. No, the drive is money, that’s all. Say you don’t pay in straight away to get your profile “reviewed,” you are then placed in indefinite purgatory. But wait, there’s more, you can circumnavigate the selectivity and reviewing process by, shocker, paying money OR “endorsing” a friend who is nothing more than another potential income stream for the app. So if you do not pay, you are left on the waitlist which is just the long con in pressing you in to wanting to get to actually meeting people. I have been on the waitlist for a number of months now and have moved up may one or two thousand and by that rate I will be on the waitlist for another year or two before I am at the top.
Perhaps this all sounds a little cynical and I grant you there is a bit of cynicism here, but there is also a legitimate gripe to back it up. The app itself prides itself on being a diverse and highly selective pool of dating folks, I still think that is a bogus marketing line, but here’s part of my proof as to why I think that way. I went to a school out of my current state mind you so right off the bat there is a higher likelihood that my state would not be saturated with people from it. The school has a 20% acceptance rate and a 72% graduation rate, not insanely tough but not easy by any stretch. The heart of my argument though is that I am as diverse as I can be considering education and career in my metro area so this thought that The League doesn’t see it, yet prides itself on being diverse, proves how profit is the actual motive.
I’ll break it down by the numbers. Where you went to school is one of the distinctive traits within the screening process and goes a long way to allegedly preserve a diverse make up of the people within The League. Odd though, even if you took every single straight male of my graduation year and added the four years before me and the four years after me, you have only 1120 people nationwide. In other words, plus or minus four years of my graduation makes up).00000339% of the population, I’d say that’s rare. What’s even more rare, no other male plus or minus four years of my graduation year lives in my state let alone within the metro area I live in. Putting the education aside, there’s my career which is also unique. Nationwide, including everyone (male or female) you probably have roughly 5000 people who have my job or 0.000015% of the population but that covers everyone. If you were to take away women, men who are younger or older than me, and other disqualifying parameters that 0.000015% is even smaller.
Why do I bring that up? Easy, it shoots a hole in the bogus claims of The League to maintain a balanced and diverse community. They can dress it up any which way they want but it’s a money making scam, period.
They didn’t notify me that my city wasn’t live until AFTER I paid them 300 bucks. And they have a no refund policy. Thank God Apple has a heart and gave me my money back instead. Don’t think I will be re-downloading this app when it finally does go live in my city
Horrible app mega waste of time and $
Im a solid 8/10 guy and have a decent net worth the women on here are nowhere up to par. Do not spend a dime.
Most of the guys on this app are just pretending to be successful
Lots of seemingly great matches but then no messaging/ meet ups. Also keeps matching me with people super far away despite settings.
Might be better if you pay otherwise not that great
By Charlie's ninja girl
I joined. Was on a waiting list. Was like 2500 in line of 10000. Something ridiculous like that. Finally got in. Matched with just a handful...literally, like 5 in months. You have to pay for a bunch of other features. After a few months, I got tired of this app and deactivated. I decided to try it out again a few months or year later. It said I was deactivated or something because I was “flaky”. Not sure how that is when I erased my info and never had anyone in my inbox. I decided to deactivate. And it won’t even let deactivate saying “unable to deactivate”. Moving on without this app. Experience for me 👎🏼