Saturday, May 28, 2022

What Is Houseparty? And, Why Its Popular Among Gamers


Houseparty had become very popular because hosting a group chat from this platform is super easy. Rather than having to make a call, users can just drop in or out of a “house” – at any time. The app makes connecting face to face effortless, alerting you when your friends are “in the house” and ready to chat so you can jump right into the conversation.

Once you signed up, Houseparty will notify your friends from other social networks like Snapchat and Facebook to make each other aware that both of you are now with the Houseparty app. They can directly send invites.

Houseparty isn’t actually new. It was has been around since 2016 as a video chatting service with some extra features like games and quizzes. Since the pandemic, with millions of people stuck at home, it has quickly gained in popularity.

Houseparty is a Face-To-Face Social Network

Houseparty app does not require a phone number and it is specifically designed for socializing, unlike Zoom which is originally set for business meetings but has been used a lot for social gatherings because of the quarantine. Some are unaware that it does not have the same features like not having to make a call but rather just join a group video chat instantly.

Houseparty is Simple To Use

Once a user has found their friends, the Houseparty app alerts the user when their friends are “in the house” and ready to chat. Likewise, friends are also alerted when the user opens the app. It’s fun because these are friends or family they have been missing a lot because of the quarantine and not some random stalker which can make anyone uncomfortable knowing he knew when one might be in or out.

If the user wants to limit access to a room they’re in, the user can simply lock it using the lock button screen. Anyone in the Houseparty room may be able to unlock the room at any time. The user can also turn on Private Mode in the settings to automatically lock all rooms.

Only those who are in the Houseparty room can approve friends before they can join a locked room.

For those who do not need to restrict strangers, users can then jump right away into a call. They can also join other “houseparties” that their friends might be part of, so it’s a lot more fluid than other services which have rigid groups.

Users can also send people facemails. Facemails are video messages that appear as soon as the recipient opens up the app.

Houseparty is Great For Gaming With Friends

A “houseparty” is more fun with games and the app never misses out on this feature too. Some of the popular games which can be played by up to eight people simultaneously are Heads Up!, Chips, Trivia, and Quick Draw. Along with many escape rooms, trivia apps, and online games that you can play remotely with friends, Houseparty has your back and can make the most of your virtual happy hour, turning it into your own comedy hour.

For gamers, it had more to do with Epic Games’ acquisition of Houseparty. Epic Games is the company behind the widely popular game, Fortnite and one of the features loved by a lot of users right now is the integration of the Houseparty app with this game. Users may now be able to video chat with friends while playing Fortnite. The Houseparty video chat app can be used by Fortnite players on PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4.

Players just need to install the Houseparty app on their iOS or Android mobile device to connect their Houseparty account to their Epic Games account to get started. As a bonus for linking their Epic and Houseparty accounts, they get to unlock the Rainbow Fog Wrap.

Try it out yourself – download iOS app.

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