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Had an email from Betfair today to tell me that their new JSON API-NG is now live to the public. Must confess that I'm surprised they have released it so quickly as they are normally slack-arsed with software releases and bug fixes.
Personally, I haven't bothered much with the new API. I was given a Beta testing key months ago but a few hours of coding proved that the API (at that time) was absolutely useless and wasn't able to place bets or handle its own login sessions. I still have little interest in "upgrading" (more of a sideways step in my opinion) but noticed this little gem on the website:
"Access to API-NG will free charge until the 1st November. We’ll announce further details regarding the API-NG pricing scheme later in 2013"
So I'm assuming they will be getting rid of the FREE API and everyone will have to pay. Although they haven't released the pricing information yet, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a "pay as you go" setup...the more data you use, the more you have to pay. There will most likely be some sort of annual charge for the "super user" but don't be surprised if it costs £500+....