TA Granted Xbox Live Community Developer License

TA Granted Xbox Live Community Developer License

Get with the program...

Written by Rich Stone (TrueAchievement) on 08 December 09 at 19:48

When I first started TA many moons ago, I applied to Microsoft to become part of the Xbox Live Community Developer Program.

Those on the program are given access to xml feeds that return most of the gamer information that is visible on your GamerTag homepage of xbox.com.

I thought that having the license would allow me to ditch the scanners and gather all the information we use to generate your pages and the achievement ratios via the xml feeds. Not only is this more reliable, it's faster, and also better for Microsoft who don't lose the bandwidth that the scanners use while scraping xbox live (although this is quite small as they only grab html and not images or flash).

I received no response to my numerous enquiries, but eventually managed to get in contact with someone reasonably high up, who did some digging for me and discovered that the program was closed to new applicants.

I started a petition on TA which most of you have signed:

Please sign here!

Last week I was contacted out of the blue and told that TrueAchievements was finally being granted the Developer License.

What does this mean for TrueAchievements?

We now have access to some Microsoft xml feeds that help us determine whether your GamerScore has changed, and if so which games you have earned the extra achievements in.

Unfortunately there is no way of telling which achievements you have won through the feeds at this point, so we still have to scan your xbox live game pages for this information. But it means we are scanning xbox live a hell of a lot less (under a third of what we were in fact).

It also means we can scan more quickly - approximately 50% quicker during initial tests.

I am working with the guys at Microsoft to try to get some more information in their feeds so we can lose the scanners altogether, but I don't know how long that will take or whether it will happen at all.

So a massive thanks to everyone that signed the petition, if the TA commnunity wasn't as supportive of the site as it has been I don't think we would have got the license at all.

This is just the start of something really big for TrueAchievements, with the new teams on board and some new developments in the pipeline, 2010 is going to be a very special year!

Happy Christmas, and thanks again for your support!

Rich
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:50
NICE!
Sn1pezzzzz
Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:51
Thank you Microsoft!
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:51
Great stuff TA! I was wondering when the next news article was coming out, it seems like it has been forever...
Glad to hear that they finally admitted we are here laugh
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:53
Wow, good news for this brilliant site.
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:53
About time Microsoft!
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:53
All right! This is some great news.
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:54
I'm surprised that the petition actually went somewhere [Yes I did sign it]. Hopefully this is just the beginning .
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:55
People power that works! Whatever next; a bigger, better TA you say!!

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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:56
Nais, about time they did so.
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:57
Congratulations TA! Brilliant news well done!
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:57
Amazing news! clap

Nice one :)
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:57
O_O Wooooah that's awesome! WOOHOO!
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:58
'Bout time. Now if only Sony will notice...
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:58
wow, that's grand, especially the part where you say they might be inclined to put in extra data in the feeds so we can pull more data from it.

2010 is gonna be special indeed!!!
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:58
congrats
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:59
yay :D now we need to check our TA score from our dashboard (theres an idea)
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 19:59
Seraphim Needed said:'Bout time. Now if only Sony will notice...one thing at a time mate, one thing at a time smile
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 20:02
Niceee :)
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Posted on 08 December 09 at 20:02
Excellent news, really glad we could get the licence.