Photo: Jennie Book (Shutterstock) As I often say, I’m the world’s worst Fortnite player. Unless I can catch someone standing still for an extended period of time and snipe them from an ungodly distance, I take shotguns to the face and build about as well as a three-year old. However, Fortnite is more than just running-and-gunning; there’s a big social component to the game, too, and that’s even more apparent now that you can have full-on video chats within the game itself.

I long for the day that my weekly Zoom meetings transfer over to Fortnite . But until then, I’ll have to settle with video-chatting my friends via Fortnite’s new integration with the chat service Houseparty . Setting it up is a bit of a process, but worth it.

First, and most important, make sure you’ve updated Fortnite on your PC to the latest version. That might be a big download from the Epic Games store , so be prepared to wait a bit. But that gives you plenty of time to also install Houseparty on your iOS or Android device, which you’ll need for this to work.

Once you’re ready with both apps, launch Houseparty and tap on the icon of a TV with an “F” inside of it. You’ll now have to link Houseparty account to your Epic Games account:

Leave the app open and launch Fortnite . Once the game has loaded, tap on that TV icon within Houseparty once again. You’ll now be able to turn on “Fortnite […]