ESPN’s Developer Center 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 company said, “

As part of the evolution, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue our public APIs, which will enable us to better align engineering resources with the growing demand to develop core ESPN products on our API platform.

Pubic APIs are published on the Internet and shared freely. A startup software company, for example might publish a series of APIs to encourage third-party developers in vertical industries to be innovative and figure out new ways to use the startup’s software product. In theory, it’s a win-win business arrangement.

A similar announcement was made by the Netflix two months ago that, it will shutter its pubic API in November.

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