You can no longer invite friends
This was never a thing you could do in 8me, though. You can create a private room (and always could).
The unlimited timer is gone so if you ever do not play a turn for (36 or 48 … it is unclear) hours the game times out.
We have added the feature because that’s what most community asked for, truth be told. And we do observe increase in both active games and, perhaps more importantly, online games actually being finished since addition of the feature.
It’s 48 hours, by the way
That happens in chained games (when you play with people, finish, and immediately start the next one). It’s all treated as one game, therefore you always see the current state of things. And yeah, I agree it can be quite annoying… All I can do is keep relaying this bit of feedback to my higher ups (which I keep doing). For the time being, the way around it is to create a new room rather than start a new game.