ESPN is shutting down its public API


Sportscaster ESPN (S DIS) is getting ready to shut down its public API. ESPN’s API team announced this week that it won’t be issuing any new API keys going forward, and that all previously issued API keys are going to be revoked in early December. The move will help the company to “better align engineering resources with the growing demand to develop core ESPN products,” the team said in a blog post. ESPN isn’t the only media company that recently decided to pull the plug on a public API: Netflix (S NFLX) announced two months ago that it will shutter its public API in November.



Is ESPN saying they were using too many engineering resources to support their public API? i thought the whole idea of using a SaaS API Management solution (i think Mashery was their provider) was to save resources and $$$$?


Yup, the age of the API is over. The big guys got what they wanted and now they’re cutting loose the rest of us hacks. Thanks, suckas.

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