The creator of Fortnite is investing in social networks

Credits Houseparty x Epic Games

Little known in France, Houseparty , however, is a social network especially enjoyed the side of teens-English speaking, and particularly from north america. Downloaded more than 5 million times on Google Play, the app allows its users to communicate via video chats for up to eight people simultaneously. A mix between Snapchat and our good old Chatroulette, accessible on Android and iOS, which now belongs to the giant Epic Game. In a press release published on the official website of Houseparty, and relayed by Gizmodo, the social network briefly announces its acquisition by the development studio, explaining that if this change of ownership should not fundamentally alter the policy of the platform, it would largely be to share more of the experience.

“Joining Epic’s Game is a big step forward (for Houseparty), whose mission is to develop the empathy and communication online. We have a common vision to make human interactions easier and more pleasant, always in the respect of the privacy of users” – Sima Sistana, co-founder and CEO of Houseparty

If it’s a safe bet that within a few weeks, Houseparty will encourage strong players to share their exploits Fortnite on its platform, a quick session of questions and answers published on the social network tends to make things clear : For the moment, the accounts Houseparty and Epic Games are not intended to be merged. The site also ensures that no user data “will be shared between the two services”. An acquisition that does that confirm the willingness of Epic Games establish itself as a social phenomenon, whether it is through video games or social media.