ESPN's Developer Center Favors Large Brands
ESPN Launched their Developer Center this morning, something a lot of people, at least in the app development community, might have found extremely exciting had it not been for some minor details. Minor details like the data available through the app (no scores?) and monetization (no money?), things that might only affect what your app can do and how you can make money from it. Minor details, right?
For more analysis on how the terms of service restrict monetization there is a great article here from Venture Beat, who has been monitoring the coding boards and doing a great job of putting together opinion from the average developers out there. Like this quote from a user on the Y-combinator message board identified as hospadam, “
Correct me if I’m wrong – but they’ve made it impossible to monetize my effort, correct? I don’t see how this will go anywhere if that is the case. It seems like they “ESPN” just want developers to build extra ESPN apps for them, and then give them away for free. Ugh.This, in response to the programs TOS which state you may not charge for the app, and not make money from advertising off the app, and also must include an approved ESPN mark on the app. Sound like legalese? Well it is, and unfortunately this has killed the excitement. Nothing kills excitement and buzz more than a lawyer with a red pen and a penchant for the status-quo.
The featured apps are integrations with FourSquare (who actually have been working and got special permission from ESPN to use a version of their Research Notes API, not the Headlines API currently being talked about), Pulse and Flipboard, companies who have a healthy portfolio of applications that, you can argue, would be helped by, and enhance their already broad base of users who would have this as an added feature and integration with ESPN data.Continued on the next page