Has Torrentz owner moved on for good?
The year 2016 was a bad year for torrent websites and the torrents community as a whole, since it lost two of its most popular torrent websites, KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu.
For those unaware, KickassTorrents was shut down by the U.S. government with its alleged owner Artem Vaulin being arrested in Poland following a criminal investigation by the FBI. On the other hand, although Torrentz.eu was never a torrent website, it was a very popular mega torrent search engine, who too decided to mysteriously and abruptly shut shop after KickassTorrents.
While Torrentz site’s operator kept the website online, but when the users tried to run a search, or looked to click any link on the site, it displayed the message: “Torrentz will always love you. Farewell.”
Even a year later, not much has changed, as the search engine Torrentz is still online but not operational. An unrelated site carrying the name Torrentz2 popped up as an alternative, which has millions of daily visitors itself now.
But, things may change in the near future, as the original Torrentz domain names, including Torrentz.eu, Torrentz.com and Torrentz.in, are for listed sale, according to a message posted on the original Torrentz site.
This is likely going to create interest in some online entrepreneurs looking to purchase these domains, due to the fact that it still has quite a bit of traffic.
However, the sale could either be used for a new torrent related venture, or someone could use it to simply seal it with ads, or even worse.
Although, the site hasn’t carried any links to infringing content for over a year, it is still blocked in several countries, including the UK, which should be taken note of by any potential buyers interesting in purchasing the site.
TorrentFreak contacted the owner of Torrentz to know why site’s domain names were listed for sale. He is yet to comment on the issue.