For many players, Fortnite is more than a video game. It’s their preferred form of social media, a place to virtually gather with friends and chat.

And Epic Games, Fortnite’s publisher, is doubling down on that social aspect by acquiring social video app Houseparty for an undisclosed amount. The app is popular with the same younger user base that has helped Fortnite become such a force.

“Houseparty brings people together, creating positive social interactions in real time,” Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, said in a statement. “By teaming up, we can build even more fun, shared experiences than what could be achieved alone.”

Epic told Fortune it made the acquisition partly because Houseparty had a similar business culture, especially its focus on user privacy. Because so many Fortnite players are children, Epic must be careful about how it collects data and uses it.

Epic said that current Houseparty users won’t see any immediate changes to the app and gave no date for when it would be incorporated into any Epic games. In explaining the acquisition, the app maker said all friend lists will be unaffected and user data would not be shared between Houseparty and Fortnite accounts. …read more

Source:: – Tech


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