Epic Games to Discontinue Support for This Newly Acquired Platform and Feature for Fortnite

Published 09/11/2021, 12:00 PM EDT


Epic Games has finally decided to pull a popular video social media network, Houseparty, from its storefront. Back in 2019, the studio had bought the network for a whopping $35 million and it was later integrated with Fortnite. Millions of gamers and developers used this platform daily to establish communication with one another.

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However, a recent update from the official webpage suggests the app will no longer remain function after October. This news comes as both shocking and distressing for legions of users around the world, who were actively making use of the network. The teams have stated that it no longer has the time or the resources to allocate to the app.

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Houseparty will no longer support Fortnite after October

This will be definitely one of the hardest goodbyes for Fortnite fans all over the world. The face-to-face social media network’s joining hands with Epic Games brought forward a fun game mode in the Battle Royle title. It allowed players to connect with one another while being a part of the same lobby. It definitely elevated the gaming experience, which catapulted it into one of the most popular game modes.

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However, the recent update from the social media network will soon kill the game mode. The studio has stated that after the month of October, the game mode will no longer remain active for players. The studio has offered an explanation for this decision and why it can no longer continue the application.

“The team behind Houseparty is working on creating new ways to have meaningful and authentic social interactions at metaverse scale across the Epic Games family. Since joining Epic, the Houseparty team’s social vision and core technology have already contributed to new features used by hundreds of millions of people in Fortnite and by developers around the world. As a result, we can’t give the app or our community the attention that it deserves. While Houseparty may be going away, we hope that the memories you’ve made will last a lifetime.”

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Houseparty might be gone, but there is still a glimmer of hope for something new. The team has clarified that it is working on another project with the Epic Games family and it could be revealed in the upcoming days.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is a senior writer for eSports at EssentiallySports and has been professionally writing since 2016 and has worked across many fields. He regularly keeps tabs on a wide range of professional esports like Dota 2, Valorant, CS and fighting games. He has been an ardent gamer since his childhood, and became a defender of the ancients in Dota 2 during his college days.

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