We come to you today with some news we tried our hardest to avoid sharing. In lieu of major changes to our Halo business, HaloDotAPI and all HaloDotAPI-powered services – overlays, fansites, Discord Bots and Twitch bots – will be shutting down as of July 31st, 2022. We are proud of what we have accomplished with your help: as far as we can tell HaloDotAPI is the largest organized developer community in the gaming industry, but we can not keep supporting it entirely on our own.
The summary is that it is expensive – in time, effort and money — for our small team to keep the Halo API and Developer Community running, and without official support from Microsoft it’s not tenable to keep it operational. We want to be clear that we have spent months trying to figure out a solution with the community team at 343 Industries and they did their best to try to support us. They are unable to move forward due to policy and compliance issues at Microsoft around how Halo player data is used.
Why is this bad? Well 343's own handling of their game, history, leaderboards, player stats and more is complete shite. You cannot even see a history of what map you played on per game history over at Halo Waypoint. RIP Bungie.net. This leads into HaloDotAPI stepping in for years and driving the backbone of the community for so much -
A non-exhaustive list of the services HaloDotAPI have provided:
- The Halo API: autocode.com/halo which powers everything listed.
- Custom overlays: overlays.halo.info
- Used by UberNick, Mint Blitz, and dozens of others
- Halo.info stats: halo.info – built entirely by Scott and Alexis on our team
- HaloTracker.com: Medals chest
- HaloDotAPI Twitch Bot (Install) used by over 100 streamers built by Alexis
- HaloDotAPI Discord Bot used in 1,300 servers built by Alexis
- The API behind Halo dBot used in the official Halo server
343/MS/Xbox are not able or willing to put their own services/website on par for such community wishes/needs of players and fans. Further they're not willing to back or donate to teams like HaloDotAPI/Autocode. This is a pretty huge deal to be shutting down and it's looking like a long time for these shoes to be filled if/when it goes offline. I just wanted to highlight this in the hopes donations/purchases/#SaveHaloDotAPI awareness is also spread on GAF.
Much love to those that dedicate so much to this insanely fulfilling and wonderful past time we call gaming. Respect HaloDotAPI.