and several other readers sent news that a system notification was sent out this evening through the Xfire
IM client, to wit: "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."
According to Wikipedia, the new owner is 3D Realms