If you were on the hunt for deals on digital Xbox games, then you probably once used StoreParser to track down the cheapest Xbox titles. Unfortunately, Microsoft has blocked StoreParser from listing Xbox Store deals, and Major Nelson took to Reddit to explain why the website has gone down.
We've been perma blocked. If you enjoy our service please retweet / post in forums to let MS know. Without your help we're finished [2/2]
— StoreParser (@StoreParser) September 12, 2016
According to Major Nelson, there are not many details on why the website is no longer working. He did, however, provide the following explanation.
I can say there is not a Store API that the site was approved to use and to my knowledge the site was scraping data off of the store. In other words, it was using unofficial/unsanctioned methods to collect the information. Not something that server and database admins like.
Major Nelson also went on to explain that his blog will have details (encrypted via SSL) on release and sales when they are officially available. While it’s not clear what he means by it, he also hinted that he is working on future features to show new games and sale items.