started in 2003 as a gaming instant messenger and community.
Since it was only going to be two of us, a server-client offering seemed like overkill.
You could talk with friends, form groups for multi-player, then launch the game to play.
Steam and other online stores with built-in communities featured have infringed on this traditional territory, so Xfire now offers free client-to-client voice chat to keep relevant.
It’s one thing to play a multiplayer game with your friends - it’s something else when you can talk with your friends while playing. The interface is attractive, navigation is quick and stability proved rock-solid.
There’s also Facebook and phone integration, though it uses a separate service called Bobsled.