If you are wondering where I get my Xbox Live info…

A few people have emailed me or posted comments wondering how I grab the Xbox Info for the Twitter app and for my services.

It is not from scraping and it is not from any publicly available source. I joined the Xbox Community Developer Program (XCDP), which is an official program designed to support folks who are building community sites (forums, reviews, blogs, etc…) around Xbox related topics.

Many folks who want Xbox info, are not working on a large site like the people in the XCDP, which is exactly why I created my service. This way, people who are building a small tool or script, most likely to be used by a small number of folks, can have access to some well formed and easy to use data.

What if you would qualify for the XCDP? Well, at the moment I don’t have any direct link for you, but I’ll ask around to see if I can find a link or a contact for anyone may qualify and would like to sign up….

Author: Duncan Mackenzie

I'm the Developer Lead for the Channel 9 team, formerly worked on MSDN as a developer, content strategist and author.

7 thoughts on “If you are wondering where I get my Xbox Live info…”

  1. Hello.
    I’m a french guy doing a website for French users.
    I’m actually using your webservice a lot. It is not sufficient, but it’s great to start.

    If you have some restrictions to give for using your webservice… because I’m afraid that in time… I’ll will consume it more and more 🙂

    I would like to be qualify to XCDP program… I have made an email, but never get an answer 🙁
    For now, I have not open registration on my website.

    Thanks for your work.

  2. Sucks that Microsoft are restricting who can and cannot access this information.

    Thanks a ton for your work. I just hope Microsoft considers that it comes under their stipulations for using the service.

    Its a shame as if Microsoft supported us directly we could have a way to authenticate and retrieve our friends list. Would a cool thing to have on my private homepage.

  3. Yeah, I have to agree with Alex. It doesn’t make sense for Microsoft to restrict access to that data. I’m afraid to lean on your service because it may come down, or change, or who knows what.

    It would be great if they could open it at least a little bit. Like to members of XNA~

    “Dear Microsoft,

    Please share all that awesome data, you will undoubtedly have your mind blown by what the world comes up with.



  4. Hey Patrick, Alex… and everyone else… while I understand your comments that it should be more widely available, that is exactly why I made this service on my site. I understand that you would rather be hitting a service on xbox.com or something similar, but I do strive for high uptime and few breaking changes… and I am a Microsoft employee by the way, so we aren’t all in favour of restricting access to this data 🙂

  5. I started developing my own Xbox 360 website back in February and had hoped by now, Microsoft would either accept or deny my request. I’ve heard that Microsoft has been very slow in responding or not responding at all from other web developers. I am with the others on here though, why can’t they open the program to everyone else? I know Playstation 3’s PSN doesn’t have anything to compare to Xbox 360’s XBL web feed, so maybe Microsoft is just holding back from us. 😉

    Oh and before I forget.. Is there any chance you could pull some strings over at Microsoft in order for them to take a look at my request? I am one of those few who are creating a large site. 🙂

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