Houseparty (app)

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Houseparty Logo.svg
Original author(s)Ben Rubin
Developer(s)Life on Air Inc.
Stable release
; iOS

1.31.0 (April 25, 2019; 8 months ago (2019-04-25)[1])


1.31.2 (April 30, 2019; 8 months ago (2019-04-30)[2])


1.12.2 (April 16, 2019; 9 months ago (2019-04-16)[3]) [±]

Operating systemiOS, Android, macOS
Available inEnglish
TypeVideo streaming, social networking service

Houseparty is a social networking service that enables group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps. Users receive a notification when friends are online and available to group video chat.[4][5] On average, users spend approximately 51 minutes a day on the app in group or one-on-one chats.[6] It was launched by Life on Air, Inc. in 2016[7][8] and is available on iOS and Android mobile devices and macOS devices.[9][10]


In 2015, Life On Air, Inc., a team headed by founder and CEO Ben Rubin developed the live streaming app Meerkat and raised $12 million in venture capital funding from Greylock Partners in March 2015. Later in 2015, the creators began developing a new app that moved "away from public broadcasts in favour of private chats."[11]

The creators released Houseparty to the App Store and Play Store in February 2016 under a pseudonym.[12] It was developed over 10 months with a website redirecting to the Houseparty app in October 2016.[13] The company raised $52 million in venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital in late 2016.[14][15] Each session can host up to eight participants with unlimited sessions. As of 2018, it is available on macOS.[16]

During early 2019, the company partnered with Ellen DeGeneres's app, "Heads Up!".[17] In June 2019, Houseparty was acquired by Epic Games for an undisclosed amount of money.[18]


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  2. ^ "Houseparty". Google Play Store. 2019-04-30. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  3. ^ "Apple on the Mac App Store". Google Play Store. 2019-04-16. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  4. ^ Murphy, David. "Houseparty Makes It Easy to Video Chat with Multiple Friends on Your Mac". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  5. ^ Bell, Karissa. "The video chat app that should scare the hell out of Facebook and Snapchat". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  6. ^ "The future of social media feels a lot like the past". Quartz. 4 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Houseparty brings its group video chat app to Mac". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  8. ^ "What is the Houseparty app and how does it work?". Metro. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  9. ^ "Houseparty: the teen video chat app taking on Facebook". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  10. ^ "Here's how to use Houseparty, the live video app that teens are going crazy for". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  11. ^ "Meerkat raises $12 million - Business Insider". Business Insider. 21 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Meerkat built a new app in secret, and almost 1 million people are using it". The Verge. 28 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Meerkat live-streaming app 'dead'".
  14. ^ "With 1 Million Daily Users, Group Video App Houseparty Could Overtake Snapchat In Race To Attract Post-Millennials". NoCamels - Israeli Innovation News. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  15. ^ "A startup founder's 'comeback' app is catching fire with teens — and it just got a $50 million check". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  16. ^ "These apps give you the best features of iOS 12 before the update rolls out". Popular Science. 28 June 2018.
  17. ^ Cohen, David; 2019 (2019-01-17). "Houseparty Is Taking Its First Monetization Steps With The Ellen Degeneres Show". Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  18. ^ Rebecca Aydin (June 12, 2019). "Epic Games, the maker of 'Fortnite', acquired teen chat app Houseparty in a surprise deal". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-12-01.

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