September 9th, 2021
Saying Goodbye to Houseparty!
Tens of millions of people around the world have used Houseparty to connect with their friends and family since the app launched in 2016. Today, we’re sharing that we’ve made the decision to discontinue Houseparty in October.
We do not take the decision to discontinue the app lightly. We created Houseparty to let people feel like they’re together even when physically apart, and we can’t thank you enough for turning to Houseparty for the important moments in your life. From birthday parties to proposals, marriages, family game nights and more, you did it all on Houseparty. And, in a year when we couldn’t be physically together, we’re even more honored that you turned to Houseparty to laugh, play games, and create memories while apart.
So what’s next? 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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What can existing users expect? Houseparty will be removed from app stores immediately, and the app will continue to function for existing users until it’s shut down in October. We’ll share additional updates as needed via in-app notifications.
What will happen to Fortnite Mode in Houseparty? Once Houseparty shuts down in October, this mode will no longer be available for use.