Envato Studio and Twenty20 to close

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.


Very sad with the news.
Many of my friends are in this platform since 6+ years with good reviews and its the main source of income.
This notice is very short - should have been at least 6 months.
Short notice without any alternative is kind of disrespect to the users who have dedicated so long for the company.

As many have suggested - Express theme/plugins jobs would be better to preserve.
This will help service providers with the transition.

Also the profile should be archived along with the contact so that willing ones can contact them outside Envato Studio.


Maybe we could think on gathering our strength to create an alternative to Studio, sharing the costs and time to it (could be something transitional only, Idk… thinking out loud)



@BenLeong Maybe Envato should keep the Studio and shutdown the twenty20, twenty20 has alternative (the photodune.net),
Studio is integrated with the marketplace and does not have any alternative

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It’s always a bit sad when you need to close down products. It will allow us to focus even more on our core products, but as a user of both Studio and Twenty20, I’ll be sad to see it go, too.

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Hi @BenLeong

Thanks for giving us years of support & business.

But it is unfortunate that Envato Studio is leaving its backbone in the middle of the sea with a thank you note!

It is another silent lesson we the service provider need to understand, “Don’t keep all the eggs in a single basket”

It might be a good decision if you sell this platform with a good revenue share to another company that can afford the support (as the reason mentioned in the shutdown email) , at least your service providers have some time to go with the transition. Anyway, it’s a business decision that is up to you. But this transition is passing a big message to the creative members in ThemeForest " Hey guys, Today we burned all together, You authors have the time to save yourself by selling your products using your own website rather than giving $$ commission to a platform and keep the clients with you".

Anyway, good luck with your future endeavors . .Please make a little correction in your shutdown message, It should be an apology for leaving the service providers in the middle of the sea rather than a thank you to be with you on this ship

At the end of the day the people who stood with you with honesty have their #familysuffer



Atleast provide Experience letter as a freelancer or some certificate to get job on some other companies.

Our career was under question mark ? How other companies will recruit us. Because without any certificate ir atleast provide certificate as freelancer. It will help to get a job in new company.

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@BenLeong @KingDog

Please provide a work experience certificate or freelancer certificate in pdf format,
So it will help us to get a job in MNC companies orany other companies.

If we didnt get any certificate, ot will be waste of time and its hard to explain about previous work experience.
We will lose experience of 8 years and have to join as fresher in new company.

Please please consider and share a Work experience letter on mail or something similar certificate.


We are in the process of creating a solution that will hopefully help with your Studio reviews.


Sad to see Studio go ! I am sure Envato must have looked for potential buyers of their platform. The economies are in a bad state, people are taking up less projects, lesser sales.

Hi all. Thank you for all the questions and comments so far - I appreciate that while some of you have said that the Studio closure has felt inevitable for a while now, it is still a shock for many in our community.

I’ve been compiling questions from this thread to raise with other teams within Envato. Please keep them coming, and I’ll make sure these are taken to the appropriate people.

In regards to the question about implications for Envato Market (ThemeForest, VideoHive, AudioJungle etc) - no, there are no plans to close the Envato Market sites. As we have acknowledged here, the Marketplace sites remain the foundation on which Envato is built.

I’ve seen several requests for a way to export all of your Studio customer reviews (e.g. from @dedalx @gfxmotion and others). Our developers are currently looking at options for handling this - we’ll share more details once we have a confirmed solution for this.

We can’t provide customer contact information due to privacy requirements - however, all Envato Studio customers have also been contacted by email about the closure, with a link to the Buyer FAQ for more information.

If you have a freelancer profile on other sites, you can update your Studio profile to promote your work so that buyers know how to contact you off-platform (following the guidelines here).

I’ll keep this thread updated with more answers to questions over the coming days.

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@BenLeong @KingDog
Please consider and provide a experience letter.Because I have worked full time as envato service provider.
Sudden closing of envato studio will affect me a lot.please give a experience letter so I can look for 9-5 job from good company.

Otherwise i cant get a job from good company with decent package. Company won’t consider client review .

Please give download link for experience letter as pdf will help me to get a job.


This is very bad news for me. I have been working on Studio from the beginning. Now all my reviews and client will gone.

Envato should give us an experience certificate with all our customers reviews and send us the contact information of our clients. So that we can survive in this economic crisis.

This a future notice for all marketplace authors that they might face the same problem like us. So they should start selling their products on own website. Who knows that next year Themeforest will close in short notice


Hi @KingDog @BenLeong
Envato should consider giving us some form of certificate and reviews, it will help ease the pain on our side,
Extending the date will also help

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I understand it might be too much to ask for… Why not collaborate with other similar platforms to merge our ratings/reviews.
I’m sure other similar platforms will be willing to get “experienced” web developers in their platform.

People wouldn’t even bother to comment here but its the main source of income for many and sudden announcement of closing affects a lot - financially as well as psychologically.

I hope Envato team will think something about it - one last push before it closes.


Totally agree. This is a professional way that Envato should do for all authors who have worked here many years instead of a short closing notification.


This really gives a message for the authors

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Why don’t you offer a bonus for a month or two with an amount of the average income for the last 6 months? At least, by that time everyone could decide what to do and make a proper decision how to continue working without worrying the families or paying the bills.

In some ways, you wouldn’t be offering it from your pocket, you’d be giving away part of the commission we have been paying to you for over 9 years.

I don’t think transferring the “reviews” to somewhere else wouldn’t help at all. It’s either a certificate for all of us or just keeping the Studio profile at least for 2-3 years.


@KingDog @BenLeong
Studio should have been integrated into Element and in my opinion, I don’t think that it’s too late to do that

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HI Ben , when can we start sharing our other profiles or personal information with clients to continue working outside the platform without getting penalized? Some of us like to play fair till the end of this journey. As many of us spent a lot of time here its fair to get in touch with some clients and get some works if possible till all communication stops

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