Author Topic: Twitch sells Curseforge to Overwolf, affecting mod updates  (Read 755 times)

Marco

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Re: Twitch sells Curseforge to Overwolf, affecting mod updates
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2021, 06:29:34 AM »
> Third-party updaters work for now, but if they become popular, there's really no reason why Overwolf wouldn't block access to Curseforge from those updaters just as Curse did to wowmatrix back in the day.

There are some indications that this may happen early next year... sort of.  I haven't found a public URL for this, but in a discord for addon developers I saw discussion of a CurseForge API transition taking place over December to February.  An addon developer summarized it as "your stuff won't show up in the new API for third-parties unless you opt-in, and if you do you won't get any reward points for downloads through said API".  (Basically: people using third-party updaters aren't generating revenue for Overwolf, and they can't share revenue they aren't getting.)

So, in one possible future, all of the popular addon authors who host on CurseForge opt into the new API and nobody notices.  In perhaps more likely future, laziness or revenue sharing leads a non-trivial number of addon authors not to opt in, and third-party updaters stop updating those addons.  Third-party updaters can try to act like the official client to get around the restrictions, but that tends to be a losing game.

(Edited to add a wowhead article link: https://www.wowhead.com/news/the-end-of-ajour-overwolf-announces-new-api-roadmap-to-restrict-third-party-324892 )
« Last Edit: November 14, 2021, 09:08:57 PM by Marco »