Houseparty, a video chat service launched in 2016 and acquired by Fortnite studio Epic Games in 2019, is about to disappear. Epic say goodbye Family Gathering Blog, Announcing that the software has been removed from the app store, and the service itself will be closed in October.
“We created Houseparty to make people feel that they are together even when they are physically separated. We thank you very much for turning to Houseparty at important moments in your life,” Epic wrote. “From birthday parties to marriage proposals, marriages, family game nights, etc., you did it at Houseparty. Moreover, in a year when we could not be together, we are even more honored that you turned to Houseparty to laugh, play games, and be apart Create memories at the time.”
Some dramatic things happened after Epic acquired Houseparty, because rumors began to surface that it was used to “hack” users’ Netflix, PayPal, and Spotify accounts, and the only way to avoid the risk was to delete the app completely. The Houseparty team stated that these reports may actually be part of a “paid commercial defamation activity” that destroys the software, and even provided a $1 million reward to prove that such activities are taking place.
Nothing happened, but according to BBC News reporter Joe Tidy, more than 1 million users have abandoned Houseparty because of these claims.Swipe application At that time it was on a huge trajectory similar to Zoom. “
I spent a long time trying to find the source of this error message. I found no evidence of deliberate defamation activities, Houseparty claims. The closest I got to the source was a Scottish woman who falsely claimed on FB that HP “hacked her phone” https://t.co/mikV8YEn7WSeptember 10, 2021
Epic will integrate Houseparty into Fortnite at the end of 2020, allowing players to view and chat with each other via mobile phones while playing games. Taking into account potential problems, Houseparty’s Fortnite mode is cropped to focus only on player faces with Fortnite themed background, and parental controls in the game make it completely closed. I said at the time that the integration with Fortnite was “a boost” for Houseparty, but it was obviously not big enough.
The Houseparty team is now “committed to creating new ways to conduct meaningful and real social interactions in the Epic Games family on a meta-universe scale”, which means it can no longer support existing applications as needed. Therefore, it has disappeared-but “we hope that the memory you leave will last a lifetime,” Epic said.
Epic also provides a series of Houseparty alternatives, including Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, and of course Discord. For gaming-related uses, I would definitely recommend Discord-at least for now, it’s still good.