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Epic puts up $1m bounty for evidence of Houseparty smear

Epic puts up $1m bounty for evidence of Houseparty smear

Fortnite maker Epic Games has offered a $1m reward for evidence of a smear campaign against its Houseparty app.

This follows the BBC reporting on rumours that the social platform, which Epic bought in June 2019, allows hackers to have access to other user accounts, including Netflix, Spotify and bank accounts. Houseparty does request access to Facebook and Snapchat on mobile devices in order to access the contacts.

"We've found no evidence to suggest a link between Houseparty and the compromises of other unrelated accounts," an Epic spokesperson said.

"As a general rule, we suggest all users choose strong passwords when creating online accounts on any platform."

In a post from the official Houseparty Twitter account (below) the platform said it was putting up a huge reward for information about the smear campaign.

Houseparty has surged in popularity due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with countries around the world telling their citizens to stay indoors. As a result people have been turning to the social platform in order to, well, socialise.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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