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What is Houseparty? We tell you all about the remote video chat and games app | Digital Trends Spanish


Still don’t know what Houseparty is? It is a social network that allows you to connect with games and video calls to families and friends who are separated by distance. As with Zoom, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic it became one of the most downloaded.

The application was created in 2017 to combat «loneliness epidemic»Of the generation of millennial, as the co-founder of the platform, Sima Sistani, described at the time, a phenomenon caused by large social networks, such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, mainly oriented to sharing. “The last decade (of social media) was about sharing, the next decade will be about participating,” anticipated Sistani.

However, Houseparty it was still not dazzling until in 2019 the study Epic games, the person in charge of Fortnite, acquired this platform. “Houseparty brings people together, creating positive social interactions in real time. By coming together, we can build even more fun and shared experiences than could be achieved alone, “said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games.

The application’s breakthrough finally came in the first quarter of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of people around the world to remain confined to their homes, becoming one of the most downloaded applications, according to App Annie.

Characteristics

But what is it that makes Houseparty so attractive? According to its creators, the application seeks to provide more intimate connections to users, unlike the massiveness and popularity promised by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In fact, according to figures from the platform, the average user only has 32 friends and they are mainly teenagers and twenty-somethings.

Chat and video calls

Ease of use is one of the great advantages of Houseparty. One of the advantages of this application is that only when you connect will you be able to see which friends are online and available to chat.

When you see a friend online, you have the possibility to leave a note, send him a facial mail (see below) or start a video call. In addition, you can easily enter a chat with your friends without making a call, unless your contacts have chosen to “lock” the room.

Games and quizzes

The fun starts once you start chatting with your friends. After the conversation begins, you will be able to choose from several games to enjoy. Among these are Heads Up, with which you should bring out your ability to describe objects without naming them; Quick Draw, which will put your artistic skills as a draftsman to the test; Y Trivia, with categories such as entertainment, songs, fantastic worlds, superheroes, sports, among more than a dozen.

Facial emails

The application also has other features. You can send “face mails,” which are video messages that will play when your friends open the application. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to make friends on Houseparty, as it pulls contacts from social media apps like Facebook and Snapchat, to tell you which of your friends use the service and allow you to invite others.

Fortnite mode

Fortnite mode in Houseparty

The platform also has a Fortnite mode, which allows you to go with your group of friends to a game of Fortnite so they can see your actions on screen. You can opt for this feature by linking your Houseparty and Epic Games accounts.

Availability

Houseparty is available for download for devices ios, Android and also for computers with macOS and with browsers Chrome.

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