Will video chat be coming to Fortnite?

Yolanda Curtis
June 15, 2019

It's their preferred form of social media, a place to virtually gather with friends and chat.

The government-owned Israel Electricity Corp. wrote a letter this week to Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, urging it to stop allowing characters to climb electric poles in the survival-themed game.

Houseparty, a synchronous, face-to-face social network, has been purchased by Epic Games, the development company behind smash hit Fortnite and the Unreal Engine, for an undisclosed fee and could potentially bring video chat into the mix. Fortunately for Epic, Fergusson was unsuccessful in his attempts to shut down the game, and while Save the World has had a rocky time since its release in 2017, the game's battle royale mode has turned it into a global phenomenon.

Epic told Fortune it made the acquisition partly because Houseparty had a similar business culture, especially its focus on user privacy.

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.

Epic Games may best be known for Fortnite, but it also has a growing presence in retail with its Epic Games store, an online competitor to Valve Software's Steam. In January, it acquired 3Lateral, a software tool for creating digital humans in games.

With Fortnite potentially being the first, this new partnership could once again be the next modern and necessary twist to suggest the involvement of more players into the realm of esports. That popularity is declining a bit, however.

Fergusson said that people often ask him if he regrets leaving Epic Games, as he would have become ridiculously rich had he stayed at the company through Fortnite's success.

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