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Interestingly, however, there are also several torrent sites that have been ‘hurt’ by the recent takedown of Torrentz.
As thelargest torrent meta-search, Torrentz sent traffic to a lot of ‘smaller’ sites, traffic that has now disappeared.
Now that the dust has settled a bit we take a look at the massive migration that took place.
First off, the search for alternative torrent sites is nicely illustrated by Google Trends.
On July 20, Kickass Torrents (KAT), the largest torrent site at the time, was shut down after its alleged owner was arrested.
A few days later Torrentz said farewell, leaving many more without access to their torrent search engine of choice.
Aside from the big players, several smaller sites also saw their traffic rise.
To get a representative picture of changes we asked Similarweb for an overview of the traffic that flowed to the top five torrent sites over the past months, plus Torrentz.
Today we take a look at the aftermath, showing that the big sites have expanded their userbases but that some smaller torrent sites are actually worse off now.
At Torrent Freak we have been keeping a close eye on the torrent ecosystem for more than a decade.
So currently we are half of where we were before KAT and Torrentz shut down.” With millions of people moving to new sites, it’s safe to say that the torrent ‘community’ is in turmoil, trying to find a new status quo.
Whether the shutdowns will actually lead to fewer people using torrents is unclear though.