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MoneyFortnite maker Epic Games buys video chat app Houseparty

19:36  12 june  2019
19:36  12 june  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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The group video chat app Houseparty has been acquired by Epic Games , the company behind Fortnite . Epic didn’t detail any plans for Houseparty beyond leaving the app alone for now. In a blog post, Epic ’s CEO said that the acquisition will let the app ’s development team “build even more fun

Social video chat app Houseparty has been acquired by Epic Games , the maker of Fortnite , it announced with a blog post Wednesday morning. Financial details of the deal haven't bee announced. “ Houseparty brings people together, creating positive social interactions in real time

Fortnite maker Epic Games buys video chat app Houseparty

The group video chat app Houseparty has been acquired by Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite. Houseparty had recently begun moving into gaming with features like integrated games and screen sharing, and the company said earlier this year that people are already using the app to chat with friends while playing Fortnite.

Epic didn’t detail any plans for Houseparty beyond leaving the app alone for now. In a blog post, Epic’s CEO said that the acquisition will let the app’s development team “build even more fun, shared experiences.” A representative for Houseparty clarified that Epic is acquiring the entirety of Life on Air, the company that builds the app.

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Epic Games , the maker of ' Fortnite ', acquired teen chat app Houseparty in a surprise deal. The price of the acquisition was not announced, but the unexpected deal immediately sparked speculation about what the maker of the most popular video game might do with the teen-focused chat app .

Epic Games — of Unreal Engine and the ridiculously successful Fortnite phenomenon — has just picked up Houseparty . The social video app Founded in 2015, Houseparty is a social network that delivers video chat across a number of different platforms, including iOS, Android and macOS.

Houseparty came from the team behind Meerkat, the momentarily extremely popular live-streaming app that was very quickly upstaged by Periscope. The app lets up to eight people join a video chat together. It’s not the most unique app in the world, but it seems to have caught on with younger users by changing the approach from calling one another to just being able to hop into another person’s video chat, so long as they have the app open.

Sima Sistani, who was recently named Houseparty’s CEO, appears to be staying in charge of the app after the acquisition.

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