“Fortnite” creator Epic Games acquired group video-chat platform Houseparty on Wednesday.
“We kept hearing that people were using Houseparty to talk to their real life friends while gaming together and one game came up over and over again: Fortnite,” Houseparty CEO Sima Sistani Tweeted.
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“Fortnite” creator Epic Games announced its acquisition of Houseparty, a social networking app for group video-chats, on Wednesday.
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.
Officials from Epic Games and Houseparty stressed the social interaction aspects of each respective product. Fortnite has become a worldwide gaming phenomenon, allowing up to 100 people anywhere in the world to connect online and play in the same round.
Still, company officials were mum on specific plans to integrate the two products’ features.
Houseparty has been installed by 35 million users via App Store and Google Play, with 40 percent of those users outside of the US, according to mobile data analyst Sensor Tower. Users spend an average of one hour on the app everyday, Houseparty measures.
The joint press release focused on the shared vision for Epic Games and Houseparty to facilitate meaningful human connections through virtual means.
“Joining Epic is a great step forward in achieving our mission of bringing empathy to online communication,” Houseparty CEO Sima Sistani said in the press release. “We have a common vision to make human interaction easier and more enjoyable, and always with respect for user privacy.”
In a Tweet on the day of the announcement, Sistani predicted that the next decade of social media will be characterized not by sharing, but by participation.
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Source:: Business Insider