Epic Games continues to invest heavily in its Windows gaming platform, and to show that it is not just distributing free games to users in attempts to increase its customer base, today the company announced the acquisition of the Houseparty.
Available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, Houseparty is a video, audio, and text chat solution, and its Epic purchase suggests the company’s investment to combat with similar services like Discord and even the redesigned Valve Steam Chat app.
Details about the acquisition were not provided, but CEOs of both firms commented on the deal.
“Joining Epic is a great step forward in achieving our mission of bringing empathy to online communication,” said Sima Sistani, Co-founder, and CEO of Houseparty. “We have a common vision to make human interaction easier and more enjoyable, and always with respect for user privacy.”
“Houseparty brings people together, creating positive social interactions in real time,” said Tim Sweeney, founder, and CEO of Epic Games. “By teaming up, we can build even more fun, shared experiences than what could be achieved alone.”
Remember that the Epic Store will continue to distribute free games every week until 2020. In addition, the company is guaranteed a series of exclusive contracts. The latest of them involved Shenmue III, which was previously sold by Steam, but now can only be purchased on the platform of the owner of Fortnite.