TXODDS has several different feeds AHC, xml2 & Push that can deliver information about competitions, fixtures, and odds. Although these systems are designed to inter-operate there are inevitably some issues e.g., AHC and xml2 both maintain their own identifier for the fixture. Most of the information across the feeds is consistent, so competitions, leagues, participants, countries, bookmakers and sports will have the same identifiers and names across all feeds.
As the new fixtures system Merlin is introduced there will be a new identifier for fixtures, fixturegroups and competitions. These are referred to in this documentation as the Merlin IDs. In time Merlin will become the new source for all other information such as participants, countries, bookmakers and sports and as such these will have a Merlin ID. For a period of time many Merlin IDs will be the same as the AHC and xml2 Ids, however in time they will diverge the aim being Merlin will become the single authoritative source for all IDs across TXODDS.
Fusion makes use of Merlin IDs, but to protect existing customers investment in AHC and xml2 integration, the IDs generated by these systems will be available in the Fusion feed but marked as Legacy. Although this increases the payload of the messages, future enhancements to the system for “Items of Interest” will allow customers to select which fields they would like to be supplied in the feed, and if not required Legacy fields can be dropped from the subscription.
Users of Fusion will therefore be able to obtain all required information to support the odds subscriptions from Fusion itself without having to rely on other feeds. The customer experience and integration effort will be greatly simplified as all feeds will be delivered in a single, consistent manner.