XFIRE™ LEAVES BETA AND BECOMES 1.0; ADDS CROSS-GAME MESSAGING AND FILE DOWNLOAD SERVICE
Revolutionizes Ability To Play with Friends in Over 200 Games
Menlo Park, CA – October 8, 2004 – Xfire, Inc. today announced that its free service, Xfire™, now supports cross-game chat and file download service. For the very first time gamers will be able to send and receive messages with their Xfire friends while playing in many of more than 200 online PC games. Gamers will be able to message their friends who are not playing online or who are playing a completely different online game. Xfire’s revolutionary technology overlays an Xfire chat window within any game providing an unparalleled ability to find and chat with gaming friends.
In addition, Xfire is launching an innovative download service which will deliver patches, mods, demos, trailers and other files to users via a closed peer to peer distribution system. The technology automatically transmits files in the background using otherwise unused bandwidth.
Xfire has been in its beta release since it launched in January of this year. With these new features, Xfire has now reached its 1.0 release.
“These new Xfire features yet again extend the social connections between gamers and their friends,” said Mike Cassidy, CEO of Xfire, Inc., “Xfire is all about making gaming simpler and more fun. Cross-game chat helps bring gamer friends closer and closer.”
The cross-game chat and file download service join a continually growing list of Xfire features, including server browser functionality and automatically tracking when and where gamers’ friends are playing PC games online. With one click, gamers can instantly join their friends’ games or play with friends of friends. Xfire also lets gamers instantly message their friends who are in-game without crashing their game.
To download Xfire for free, please visit www.xfire.com. Xfire is supported by advertisers trying to reach the 18-34 audience.
Games supported by Xfire currently include: America’s Army: Operations, Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Vietnam, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Dark Age of Camelot, Dark Age of Camelot – Shrouded Isles, Diablo, Diablo II, DOOM 3, Dungeon Siege, EverQuest, Final Fantasy XI, Halo, Lineage, Lineage II, Medal of Honor Allied Assault, Meridian 59, Neverwinter Nights, PlanetSide, Quake, Quake III Arena, Starcraft, The Temple of Elemental Evil, Unreal Tournament, Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004, Warcraft III, Wolfenstein – Enemy Territory, XEvil, and many more.
Xfire is the leading online game platform in the world. The Xfire service (www.xfire.com) is the first social networking tool for gamers. Xfire helps gamers play with their friends much more easily. Xfire is also a server browser and an IM designed just for gamers. Xfire is now on over 500,000 gamers’ PC’s in over 100 countries. The company was founded by Dennis “Thresh” Fong (World Champion of Quake), Mike Cassidy (former CEO of Direct Hit), and Max Woon and is located in Menlo Park, CA. Xfire is funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and NEA.