Fortnite maker Epic Games adds video chat app Houseparty

Epic Games, the company behind the ultra-popular online video game Fortnite, just added a social network to its repertoire.

A video chat app called Houseparty announced Wednesday that it’s “joining the Epic Games family.”

The move is a “great step forward,” said Sima Sistani, Houseparty’s co-founder and CEO. Sistani said that Epic Games shares a “common vision to make human interaction easier and more enjoyable.”

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Epic Games did not immediately reply to an inquiry from CNN Business.

Epic Games is valued at about $15 billion, according to research firm CB Insights, and is backed by notable investors like China’s Tencent, Disney and top investing firms KKR and Kleiner Perkins.

Fortnite is its flagship game. It has racked up about 200 million users, according to a recent Bloomberg article, dwarfing the popularity of competitors in the gaming market.

Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, said in a statement Wednesday that the company can “build even more fun, shared experiences than what could be achieved alone” by teaming up with Houseparty.

The app calls itself a “face to face network” with a desktop and smartphone platform that allows users to place group video calls, send chat messages, and play card games with their friends.

In a Medium post, Houseparty said there would be no immediate changes to its platform, and users will keep separate accounts with Epic Games.

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