The group video chat app Houseparty has been acquired by Epic Video games, the corporate behind Fortnite. Houseparty had not too long ago begun shifting into gaming with options like built-in video games and display screen sharing, and the corporate stated earlier this yr that persons are already utilizing the app to talk with buddies whereas taking part in Fortnite.
Epic didn’t element any plans for Houseparty past leaving the app alone for now. In a weblog submit, Epic’s CEO stated that the acquisition will let the app’s growth staff “construct much more enjoyable, shared experiences.” A consultant for Houseparty clarified that Epic is buying the whole thing of Life on Air, the corporate that builds the app.
Houseparty got here from the staff behind Meerkat, the momentarily extraordinarily standard live-streaming app that was in a short time upstaged by Periscope. The app lets as much as eight folks be part of a video chat collectively. It’s not probably the most distinctive app on the earth, nevertheless it appears to have caught on with youthful customers by altering the method from calling each other to simply with the ability to hop into one other particular person’s video chat, as long as they’ve the app open.
Sima Sistani, who was not too long ago named Houseparty’s CEO, seems to be staying in command of the app after the acquisition.