Houseparty, a popular group video chat app, has been bought by Fortnite developer Epic Games. The former officially confirmed its acquisition today. It’s not surprising that this has happened given that Houseparty has recently introduced some gaming-related features for its platform such as screen sharing and integrated games. The company had also mentioned earliert his year that its app was being used by people to chat with their friends while they played Fortnite.
So it would make perfect sense for Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite, to go ahead and acquire the company. It’s unclear, though, what the company plans on doing with Houseparty. It hasn’t detailed its intentions at this point in time beyond just letting Houseparty continue with business as usual.
“By teaming up, we can build even more fun, shared experiences than what could be achieved alone,” said Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. “Joining Epic is a great step forward in achieving our mission of bringing empathy to online communication,” said Sima Sistani, CEO of Houseparty.
The team behind Meerkat created Houseparty. The app enables up to eight people to join in on a video chat together. Epic is acquiring Life on Air, the company which builds Houseparty, completely.