Epic Games has acquired social network Houseparty

Ruben Fields
June 15, 2019

Video would give Epic a leg up on competitors like Steam, and since a lot of younger players use games like Fortnite as more of a social network anyway, Epic adding video - and building out its social features in general - seems to make sense.

The IEC made a decision to appeal directly to the game manufacturer to eliminate the possibility of climbing the electric poles in the game, fearing that children will then try it in the "real world" as well. Being at Epic Games at the time of Fortnite's conception, Fergusson did play a part in bringing Fortnite to life.

For many players, Fortnite is more than a video game.

The game tends to attract more and more players due to its growing online community and a free download offer, but it can also be very addictive.

"Houseparty has become the next best thing to hanging out in real life and we're so proud of that", said Houseparty's co-founder and CEO, Sima Sistani, in a tweet. "By teaming up, we can build even more fun, shared experiences than what could be achieved alone".

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Houseparty will remain available as a standalone product, and Houseparty users can continue to access the platform as they normally would, with friendships remaining the same.

Shotguns across the board have seen an increase in availability as Floor loot from 8.50% to 9.77%, while the Epic and Legendary variants of Infantry Rifles now have a slightly higher chance of spawning as both floor and chest loot. In January, it acquired 3Lateral, a software tool for creating digital humans in games.

So, while Moms are now legally required to supervise Fortnite streaming sessions of their twelve-year-olds, who knew there was a looming risk of players going out and climbing utility poles like those in Fortnite. That popularity is declining a bit, however.

The full patch notes, which can be found over on Epic Games' site, detail these new inclusions.

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