Envato Studio and Twenty20 to close

Yes, exactly it is looking like this… after all those efforts and time… :frowning:

Why not try to find a solution with Envato that would allow the platform with its users (authors, customers) to be transferred to another space and to continue to operate?

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Hello Envato Team,

We are sad about this decision, but we accept it thinking from your perspective. I will not lie because I saw it coming as there was a decline in clients over the past two years.

I have a few suggestions through which you could help us plan our future further as a Service provider.

  1. Don’t shut down the Envato Studio Marketplace platform by giving such short notice of 1-2 months. It seems unfair for us providers who have spent years building our profile and serving clients. Please give us at least a timeline of 6 months to 1 year to prepare for this big decision and shift.
  2. Also, further after 6 months or 1 year (whatever is decided by Envato), please keep the Envato Studio Platform as a read-only platform (where buyers cannot order/pay) which clients can visit and browse through different Service Providers and send them an enquiry through the profile or their website.
  3. After you make the platform read-only, please keep only active profiles on Envato Studio and remove all inactive Service Provider profiles to facilitate a better directory for clients to search for the most active and top-rated providers.

I think if this could be made anyhow possible by the Envato Management, that could mean a lot for us Studio Service Providers.

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Hi Everyone,

This notices shock me as well because it comes out of no where, as other fellows here at Envato Studio this is one of our main income source and in some cases the only one.

It is not fair at all with anyone that they decide to close the platform with this short notice, even worst is to received an automatic email with no human interaction about it; I think we deserve some respect and we are not getting it. We understand how business works but it feels that Envato doesn’t value our commitment and years of hardworking in this awesome community.

If they decide to shut down their service is complete understandable looking it as a business but this is not how to do it, remember you are strong because your community support you.

Today is the saddest day for our community, so disappointed.

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I Feel like crying right now, I have spent all my time building the profile, I even stopped working on projects that were meant for the codecanyon.net and other marketplaces just to be able to work the studio platform, and It feels like I have wastes 6 years doing nothing. This is NOT cool.

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As Power Elite author and Envato Studio provider who finished more than 1500+ jobs and have 1000 positive reviews I want to ask you to at least provide some way to EXPORT reviews from our clients (as CSV for ex.) or provide ability to import it to some third party service (make integration), like Trust Pilot or something.

We spent almost 10 years to earn reputation as service provider on Envato Studio and have a lot of repeat clients, who now will not be able to even find us. We will lost all reputation gained within 10 years if we will move to some other freelance platform, because nobody will order something from company without confirmed reviews from real people. We don’t have another 10 years to gain this. Or leave ability to see Envato Studio providers pages and reviews in read only mode as was said before.

Make site static and cache it - this will cost you nothing and does not need to have site on high cost servers.

As good move you should not just cancel service and say goodbuy - you should provide new “home” for all your values providers. Move all accounts to some other freelance platform with all reviews.

And this is strange that you just closing down Envato Studio where you have a lot of providers and repeat clients moving on. Better solution here was to SELL this service with rebranding to other company or merge it with other freelance platform.

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w-o-w :dotted_line_face:

This is very bad news, Envato Studio is my main income source, now I am little lost since other platforms are not quite good as Studio as far as I know.

I think Envato should re-consider or at least keep Express Installation services.
Also please keep our profiles for at least some years. just static page it costs you nothing.

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What will happen to the Express part of Envato Studio and the various options to install a theme, plugin, customize a PSD or get a voice-over in the Downloads section or ThemeForest, CodeCanyon, etc? Do you provide an alternative for this service or remove it completely?

The shutdown notice of 2 months seems a little unfair to me too and, like others already mentioned, it would be better to allow for a more graceful period and think of a way to allow a read-only state for a while (at least 3-6 months). Anyway, I’m grateful for the opportunity and additional revenue it provided me for almost 10 years; the Studio team was very friendly and helpful whenever I had a concern or question, thank you!

A bittersweet ending…

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I love twenty20

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i agree with everything dedalx says, please provide some way to export reviews from our clients (as CSV for ex.) or leave ability to see Envato Studio providers pages and reviews in read only mode, make site static and cache it , this will cost you nothing.

I may understand your reasons but even if you decide to do so, you should’ve let us know advanced 6 months earlier at least then we could prepare ourselves back to the marketplace. My situation is similar this one but I think I’m a bit lucky to understand the total jobs in the pool was getting lower by the last few months already and started to prepare themes for ThemeForest but this is no good.

Not mentioning the clients I’m working for years… I’m not sure how they would be able to find us.

Can you at least keep the reviews so we could use as reference? You can shut down the entire system but at least not the profile pages…

Same here. The previous month was the lowest in 7-8 years of total earnings.
Earlier 1-2 Express Jobs daily then turn-backs ( additional jobs ). It was 3-5 days to get one Express service - along with the total jobs. ( Daily approx. 100 jobs )

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Why don’t you guys simply raise the fee from 30% to 45% to compensate for the income loss? It feels like we were thrown under a bus, to be honest.
There are no better alternatives. For example, Fiverr has a bunch of randos who sell Videohive Logo projects for 5-15$. Who can compete with that?

Not to mention service provider/ buyer protection. I still remember when a bloke ordered my service with a stolen credit card and he got banned instantly. Imagine if this happens outside of the site. He gets the finished project and a refund. Dang!

This is really frustrating, there are no good alternatives to Envato Studio, and I have not being focusing on building my marketplace profile @BenLeong you guys should at least extend the date to 6-12 months so that we will be able to work on work our marketplace items

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Very good suggestions! I totally agree with these.

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Many of us rely on the steady income from express services to make a living, so really in my case such an abrupt and inconsiderate closure affects me greatly and hits me very hard, especially as I have two young children and a family to continue to support, plus bills that will keep coming in.

With thousands of jobs done on my part (1733+) and 100% buyer satisfaction, I have put a lot of effort and patience into building and maintaining that reputation over the years, to now see it simply disappear as if it were worthless.

This dedication on my part came hand in hand with a long-term commitment and trust with Envato Studio, so honestly receiving this news with just a “heartfelt thank you” really hurts and leaves me feeling helpless. Also, with such short notice it doesn’t give room to look for a “lifeline”.

Envato Studio, could you consider keeping the Express Services? Or at least extend them for this year so that we can continue to earn income from these services. The fact that express services are directly integrated with sales platforms like ThemeForest really makes a difference and adds significant value that other platforms do not have.

I hope Envato will please take into account the effort and dedication of us express service providers who have invested and trusted all these years in Envato Studio, we are people/families who are literally running out of work.

Kind regards,
Maxi

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Same condition here. I have two children also… Don’t know what wil happen… :sob::sob:

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I came with an idea to use archive.org to get captures.
@all who’s suffering from the same decision, I suggest to get your capture as well. when the Studio website closes down, you could get some proof that you did something in the last 9+ years.

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Me too, i hope the transition to Elements will be smooth

It is incredible how Envato doesn’t at least comment on this matter, we are waiting to hear from them is this the treatment we deserve for so many hardworking years?

We are real people with families, not just numbers.

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