Two communications today from Xfire, the social networking tool for PC gamers, indicate that the service has been sold off and most of its development team will be leaving as a result. Details other than that are sparse.
At about 3.15pm Pacific Time, Xfire members received the following message:
Xfire was bought by new owners today. Most of the team that has built Xfire over the last six years is leaving. We enjoyed working for you for the last 127 releases and wish we could stay to create the next 127. Good bye, good luck, and game on. - The Xfire Team
A similar message could be found on the Xfire front page.
August 2, 2010—Xfire has been purchased by another company. Most of the team that has brought you Xfire for the last 6 years is leaving, including me. We've enjoyed our time and I personally am sad that I was only able to do 127 releases. Good bye and game on!
Xfire, with more than 16 million users, allows PC gamers to network amongst each other and streamlined matchmaking in many games down to one free client. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, it was acquired by Viacom, the parent company of MTV Networks, in April 2006.
Kotaku has tried to reach Xfire for additional comment through a press inquiry email address. Any that comes will be updated here.