I am looking to implement with the Microsoft Windows Live game lobby. Since Microsoft has deprecated XNA, I am wondering if it is still possible to interact with the game lobby they provided in XNA (assuming it is not deprecated as well?).

I am doing this for an engine written in C++

In other words, I am wondering if Microsoft is still offering a game lobby system for developers (for indie developers that is). I am trying to track down the documentation for a possible replacement but I can only find resources for XNA.

If not, are there any good, possibly free alternatives? I have no problem writing my own lobby service but I would rather save the time with an already existing solution.


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Some alternatives are GameSpy and SteamWorks.

The latter requires "SteamWorks approval" before you gain access. Both are free.

EDIT: GameSpy will be discontinued on 31th of May, 2014!

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm pretty sure GameSpy has been discontinued, or will be shortly. Or am I confusing this with another service? \$\endgroup\$
    – Christian
    May 22, 2014 at 9:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah yes, you're right. \$\endgroup\$
    – Howie
    May 22, 2014 at 9:53

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